Philosophy of Technology

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Month: March 2018

Way of the Future

“We believe that intelligence is not rooted in biology. While biology has evolved one type of intelligence, there is nothing…

Is agency of AI an illusion?

In this post, I would like to continue the discussion in class about how the lessons from history remind us…

Hypotheses non fingo

Neil Degrasse Tyson, modern celebrity scientist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, published an essay in the…

Gene Editing: New Age Frankenstein?

In February of 2016, the HFEA, or the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, allowed the Francis Crick Institute to start…

The Disenchantment and Enchantment in the History of Toys

A lot of childhood memory struck me when I read about the bankruptcy of Toys R Us and its complete…

“Not magic, science”

  Dr. Sun Qiang from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently visited NYU Shanghai and…

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

For the past two weeks, our readings and lectures have discussed the interconnection between science, magic, and religion. For this…

Photography: The Magical Mirror

Magic to us lives everywhere around us, even in the modernly manufactured chemicals spreading on a black and white film. Through…

AI, Now or future? Living or Nonliving?

AI, Now or future? Living or Nonliving? A phone can now unlock your phone only if your eyes are open….

The God Particle

The theory of Higgs boson, also knows as the “God particle,” was first developed over sixty years ago, yet the…

Philosophy of Technology at NYU Shanghai, a course by Anna Greenspan and Brad Weslake.