Dehumanised, transhumanised, rehumanised

  1. Video presentation (27min)
  2. Supporting blog post

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

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  • Posted by DigitalEconomyTeam November 27, 2017 at 14:18

    HI Leigh ,
    Thanks for commenting and providing a link to your work - we'll check it out.
  • Posted by LeighBlackall November 30, 2017 at 16:21

    Hello DigitalEconomyTeam,

    I noticed that another contribution of mine was locked by a moderator: Intellectual Property for Australian Education and Research, under the Regulatory topic area. I don't mind that it was blocked, but wanted to know the reason why. I'm sure others would like to know that reason as well, would you mind posting that reason as a comment to the contribution? Thanks.
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