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.

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=2160815834239891699&hl=en&fs=true

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.

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