Empathy, Ethics, and Technology in Being Human in the 21st Century

HNR 360 - Empathy, Ethics, and Technology in Being Human in the 21st Century

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2018
Class #: 41860
Section: M004
Credits: 3

Povinelli, Mark

Counts toward:
HNR Soc Sci, Interdisciplinary, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
T TH 2:00 - 3:20 pm


Course Description:

This course will explore the connection between empathy and technological development and the importance of the general public’s understanding of science and technology and their impact on our humanity. This understanding is important for informed, beneficial decision making by the general public and people in leadership roles about scientific and technological research, development, and usage. What are the responsibilities of scientists, engineers and journalists to communicate this information in an understandable way to the general public and decision makers? How can we understand the broader human implications of rapid scientific and technological development and usage from the perspective of both non-STEM and STEM majors? How have the addictive properties of technology from cell phones to social media to recently introduced home virtual reality systems enabled and disabled our ability to empathize with “the other?” How do we adapt to these technological advances and still interact and communicate for cooperative outcomes. And what are our ethical and moral responsibilities in developing and using emerging communicative, neurological, and biological technologies? Can we use our growing understanding of the impact of science and technology on the human condition to alter our course?