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Events

Technology, Knowledge, and Wisdom 4

Date

05.03.2022

Time

09:30 - 12:30

Speaker

 - Dr Mike Brownnutt

 - Rev Dr Kin Yip Louie

Venue

HKU

Organiser

 - FaSCoRe

 - Lumina College

Technology, Knowledge, and Wisdom 4: Centralisation

Does technology help us gain knowledge?
Does increased knowledge lead to increased wisdom?
And what does wisdom say of technology?

Movies have long wrestled with these questions. They explore the possibilities and pitfalls from numerous directions, be that via the political commentary of X-Men, the hopeful future visions of Robocop, or the gently dystopian almost-present visions of Her.

Philosophers, scientists, and theologians have also wrestled with these questions. From the philosophy of Mary Midgley, to the cultural commentary of Andy Crouch, to the religio-scientific utopianism of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Within the academy, scientists, engineers, philosophers, theologians, and educators have the opportunity to shape how we, as a society engage with these issues. Simply shrugging, scrolling on through a news-feed and hoping things will turn out OK is simply not an option.

To this end, taking inspiration from both academic literature and popular culture, this series of discussions will consider the interrelationships between technology, knowledge, and wisdom, and what this means for how we (should) live in today's world.

A Story: Scenario #4 - Centralisation

I do what I want. I talk to whomever I want. I go wherever I want. I read whatever I want. But there are so many people, so many places, so many books. If only someone could help me choose. Someone who knew me. Someone who could suggest what I might want to read, or who I might want to talk to. I wouldn’t have to take their suggestions. I would still be free. But their suggestions might help. And the better they knew me, the better their suggestions would be. Until they would just make the suggestions that I would have made, if only I knew myself as well as they did. Then I could do what I truly would have wanted!
          But who could help me choose? My friends do not know me well enough; they could not know me well enough. I would need someone with enough resources to get into every area of my life. Maybe there would be a company with enough resources. But I am not sure I would trust a company that was out to make a profit. I would need someone with enough resources but without a financial interest. Maybe if the government knew all about me…

Session dates:
4th Dec. 2021:
Scenario #1: Specialisation

8th Jan. 2022:
Scenario #2: Integration

5th Feb. 2022:
Scenario #3: Separation 

5th Mar. 2022:
Scenario #4: Centralisation

2nd Apr. 2022:
Scenario #5: Transcendence