The transformation of humanity through information technology is the topic of discussion of the Sonoma State Philosophy Club's Spring 2008 lecture series. "Digital Being," the title of lecture series, hosts cutting edge thinkers who will discuss and critique the world's evolving digital life.
The lectures will be held in the University Art Gallery, with a reception and refreshments from 4:30-5 p.m. and a talk from 5-6 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, February 27, David Singer, IBM Distinguished Engineer, critiques the notion of community engendered by Web 2.0 applications such as FaceBook, MySpace and Second Life. David Singer is a noted technologist with many years experience designing and developing software and technology in Silicon Valley. Participants will learn the values and vices of a digital life from someone who has been living one from the early stages of the development of these technologies.
On Monday, April 7, Dr. Rudy Rucker, noted author, mathematician, and programmer, discusses his radical views on the future relationship between humanity and technology in a lecture entitled "The LifeBox."
Rucker is one of the original Cyberpunk authors and his prescient imagination never ceases to amaze his audiences. He has written numerous fiction and nonfiction works detailing the deep philosophical foundations of mathematics, artificial life, Artificial Intelligence, future technology and the meaning of life.
On Monday, April 28, Stephan Vladimir Bugaj, of Pixar, will discuss his work in the use of artificial intelligence to augment human intellect. The ethical and metaphysical issues that the prospect of this future technology raises will also be discussed.
For more information, contact Philosophy Professor John Sullins at (707) 664 2277.