Friday 8th March, 2013
3:30pm to 4:30pm
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 unforseen 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 the Kaczynski's writings. Mr. Skrbina says the violent tech skeptic should be taken seriously for his ideas. In this session, 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, in a debate moderated by a journalist who recently wrote a popular article on the topic.
Philosophy Lecturer, University of Michigan at Dearborn
David Skrbina, Ph.D, is a senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Michigan (Dearborn). His areas of interest include philosophy of technology, philosophy of mind, and environmental ethics. He is the editor of the college text "Confronting Technology" (2009), and author of "Panpsychism in the West" (MIT Press, 2005).
Technology Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education
Jeffrey R. Young leads The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s coverage of technology and its impact on teaching, research, and the business model of college itself. He also writes College 2.0, a monthly news-analysis column that tracks technology ideas at colleges, and oversees the Wired Campus blog. He has written for national publications including The New York Times, New Scientist, and The Wall Street Journal, and he teaches a multimedia storytelling course at the University of Maryland's journalism school.
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