Dehumanised, transhumanised, rehumanised
The organisers of eLearning Korea 2017 invited me to give a talk on the future of education and educational technology. The conference had a curious byline “a happy encounter with new technology”, and it's to this byline I targeted the presentation. I also believe it is relevant to the dilliberations around the "Australian Digital Economy".
I aimed to acknowledge the unhappiness created by technology and propose humanism to ward off technocratic tyranny and to discover what technological happiness might be.
Why the contribution is important
I hope my proposition is clear - that for there to be a happy encounter with technology, we need to re-orientate ourselves to humanist perspectives. Those perspectives can be found in history, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, theory, art, storytelling, questioning, criticism and debate. Sensitivity to humanism needs to be nurtured, the ember that might make a flame seems at risk of being extinguished.
It is with humility and hope that I offer to the Australian Digital Economy strategy.
by LeighBlackall on November 24, 2017 at 01:47PM