“Perception Games: A Phenomenological Approach to the Digital”
Dr. Marc Djaballah, Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada
We live in an era of computerization of everyday life. Automation pervades all aspects of work and leisure, from the shop floor to education and dating services, with limitless possibilities for instant communication via iPhones, the Internet, and social media. But, is humanity becoming overly dependent on machines? Meredith Broussard cautions in Artificial Unintelligence (2018) that “computers misunderstand the world.” Simon Head points out in Mindless (2014) that smarter machines are “making dumber humans,” and that the age of machines as labor-saving devices has intensified management control of employees via Taylorism or “scientific management.” Humanoid robots pose an even greater challenge. For example, how can humans avoid emotional attachment and dependence on their creations, as explored in Sherry Turkle’s experiments with children and robots, and epitomized by the individual willing to “marry” his iPhone? The question arises: In a world dominated by machines, what is the proper role for humans? Kentaro Toyama proposes in Geek Heresy (2015) that technology is Janus-faced and that genuine social progress depends on caring humans. The future of humanity may well depend on scientists’ and humanists’ willingness and ability to bridge C. P. Snow’s famous The Two Cultures (1959) conceptual divide in order to humanize technology and promote individual fulfillment and social felicity in the global village.
THE DIGITAL CHALLENGE 2019 SYMPOSIUM GUIDELINES:
THE DIGITAL CHALLENGE SYMPOSIUM 2019 endeavors to bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines and denominations for an exciting international conference that takes both scholarship and faith seriously. Symposium Venue: JIS Symposium 2019 is co-sponsored by IIR-ICSA-JIS in the City of the Roses–the world-famous Tournament of Roses–in sunny Southern California, with many cultural/sightseeing opportunities. Send Abstracts (250 words) to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, per e-mail (no attachments) to: JIS Symposium 2019 (click for e-mail). Include: Paper Title, First & Last Name, faculty or student, mailing address, phone & e-mail. Publication: Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXXII 2020. Bonus: All attendees will receive a complimentary JIS copy. Conference Web: https://www.jis3.org/symposium2019. Registration: Symposium participants must preregister: $100 by 15 March 2019; $125 after 15 March 2019; $150 after 1 May 2019. Please note that there are no travel grants: participants (or their institutions) are expected to pay all expenses, including a modest registration fee (non-refundable, but tax-deductible). For less expensive lodging, contact: www.visitpasadena.com.
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