This post inspired by a series of articles about bad behavior on Wall Street over the summer.
What makes “too big to fail” or “too big to jail” equal to “license to steal”? (How) Can the Humanities help restore the social contract, or should we simply acknowledge that we have given up on civilization and get on with the alternatives? See for example:
Here is a somewhat more thoughtful take on the overall situation: theamericanscholar.org/too-big-to-fail-and-too-risky-to-exist/#.Ue_pK9KNrZc
And somewhat less so: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhe3RlzgTiQ
Or, if you have four hours to spare, the 2012 4-part FRONTLINE series, “Money, Power & Wall Street.” www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/money-power-wall-street/
I’m involved in a collaborative research project on documenting and analyzing medieval Sanskrit scientific texts, with connections to a number of related projects on similar historical texts in other traditions (Babylonian, Hellenistic, medieval Islamic, early modern Latin, etc.). Digital textbase structures and the best ways to define and organize technical/bibliographic/prosopographic information are a key focus of our work.
The idea that machines could replace humans is both intriguing and perhaps terrifying. So how do robots work anyway? How easy is it to make one do something simple, like move around? How about something complicated, like moving around without bumping into things? This workshop will allow participants to explore these and other questions about robotics as they follow instructions for making a robot do some tasks. Computers, Mindstorm robots, and a graphical tool for instructing the robot will be provided.
“I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords”
Doug Klein, Union College
Should you be allowed to use genetic testing and engineering to ensure that your baby is not pre-disposed to certain genetically-linked illnesses? How about choosing the gender of your baby? Or eye color? Or height; strength; musical talent; intelligence?
What about machines? How intelligent can we make them? How intelligent should we make them? Can we make them intelligent enough that they can go on and make themselves more intelligent – sometimes called “the singularity”? Should we? (more…)
Bob Bovard, Union College
What considerations might come up when a group wants to do a performance in a space not configured for theatrical work? Hanging scenery or lighting or a performer on a swing are questions that Bob Bovard will discuss in this interactive presentation.
Union College, September 26-27, 2013
THATCamp Humanities + Engineering is coming together, with new developments all the time! The current draft of the schedule is online, and we’re excited about the sessions planned. Registration is open.
In the meantime, be thinking about all the ways that the humanities and engineering can intersect / tease / connect / overlap / converse / interfere / play an awesome game of PONG with each other. We’ll be talking about all of those issues and more this September.
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Nott Memorial, Union College
Wold Center Atrium, Site of TC H+E