Date: 6 April, 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Venue: KB 2.23, Knowles Bldg., The University of Hong Kong (HKU),
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Speaker: Prof Bob Fortner
Topic: The Human-Technology Interface
Organiser: The Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum (FaSCoRe),
The University of Hong Kong
Co-organiser: Lumina College
Humans, through the application of advanced prosthetics and neural interfaces, are rapidly moving toward the $6 Million Man. Robots, with the application of general artificial intelligence, are rapidly moving toward human cognitive abilities, self-learning, and replication. Somewhere in the middle, flesh will meet steel as these two trends merge. What, then, will be human and what will be technology? Does it matter for the human condition? This exploratory talk will raise questions that will face all humanity in the coming decades.
Prof Robert Fortner is Chair of the Communication Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, FL. He received his PhD from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. His dissertation focused on the cultural history of the development of communications technologies in Canada and he has published additional essays since then on the development of both radio and television systems there. His interests include international communication, media ethics, political economy of communications, and technological development. He recently published the book World Media Ethics: Cases and Comentary, and has been working on the issues raisedfor our understanding of humanity by digital technologies. He has conducted field work in twenty-two countries and taught classes, seminars, and workshops in a like number.