Synopsis: Panel discussion on the impact of technology on society.
Start Time: Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:30 PM
End Time: Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:00 PM
Location: Alexander Library
Address: 169 College Avenue
Campus: College Avenue
Room: 4th Fl Lecture Hall
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Speaker: David Skrbina, Peter Ludlow, Jeffrey Young
Sponsor: GAIA Centers
Category: Talk, Lecture, Seminar
Web Site: http://global.rutgers.edu/events/biennial-theme-events/icalrepeat.detail/2012/10/04/358/336/radical-skepticism-about-the-merits-of-technology-what-if-anything-can-we-learn-from-the-writings-of-the-unabomber
Contact Name: Kim Pernice
Contact Email: kpernice@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-3076
Additional Information: Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, continues to write anti-technology essays from prison, and his fans believe he makes some good points about the unforeseen consequences of technology in modern society. One of those fans is philosopher David Skrbina, the Unabomber's longtime pen pal, who recently helped publish a book of Kaczynski's writings. Mr. Skrbina says the violent tech skeptic should be taken seriously for his ideas. In this discussion, we'll explore whether that's true. Mr. Skrbina will outline the Unabomber's latest thinking, and another philosopher of technology, Peter Ludlow, will offer a counterpoint. The discussion will be moderated by Jeffrey Young, senior technology editor at The Chronicle for Higher Education, who recently wrote a popular article on the topic. Some questions to be addressed by the panelists include: is there enough critical analysis of how technology impacts society?; is it ethical to take seriously the work of a man who waged a terrorist bombing campaign to bring attention to his ideas?; and is technology making our lives richer or poorer?
Target Audience: Current Students,  Researchers,  Commuters,  Undergraduate Students,  Graduate Students,  Faculty,  Staff