artilects and the new human

So I’m showing this video to my Cyberpunk Literature summer class. It’s a BBC show dealing with cognitive science and developments of artificial intelligence. It looks at some particular activities and explores some of the ethical and political concerns around them.

It’s an interesting video, and I think it will spur some good conversation with students. In particular I think it will connect well with Neuromancer and some of the other novels we’re reading that address the idea of artificial intelligence. If anything, it’s a good reminder that the questions explored by cyberpunk are still with us and are perhaps closer than ever.