Fall, 2011


What does it mean to say that we live in an “information society” and how did we get here? What is the nature of information or computation? Is information a kind of “stuff” and where does it come from? What historical forces and developments combined to give us TFLOP computers and are leading us to quantum computers? How can humanity avoid drowning in an ocean of information? What does it mean to be human, anyway? What have humans discovered about “living the good life” in a world saturated with technology? How can we do better at living the good life by personal and policy decisions? What are the consequences of our current policies regarding intellectual property? Does a person have a right to privacy? How does technology impact privacy? In this seminar-style course, we will address these questions and others.

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