AVLYST! Homo Deus and the World of Tomorrow: Field Science at the 21st Century

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Gjesteforelesning med Ran Boytner fra Institute for Field Research.


Ran Boytner earned his PhD in archaeology from UCLA, in 1998. Since then he worked at the Getty Conservation Institute, Skirball Museum, University of Southern California (USC) and UCLA. In 2011, he founded the Institute for Field Research, supporting basic field research across the world.

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In 2016, the historian and philosopher Yuval Harrari published a dystopian volume in which he claims most of humanity will soon become a “useless class”. The very few, the very rich, will soon sync with machines to create a new, superior species – Homo Deus. Is Harrari correct in his observation? What is the evidence to support or negate his dystopian prophecy? In a world ruled by the human/machine hybrids, what will the place of and utility for basic science be?

We are all witnessing dramatic changes at all level – political, economic, cultural and emotional. At the same time, science and technology are making major breakthroughs utilizing impressive reduction in instrument size, cost and efficiency. The term “technological revolution” is used in many quarters to suggest the scale and scope of these changes. Like the industrial, urban or agricultural revolutions before it, the technological revolution is producing a future that is challenging to predict and intimidating in the scale of transformation it will bring.

We begin by drawing from a broad array of scholarly work offering different visions of the future and ways humanity may get there. We will then narrow the field and examine ideas discussed by leading social scientists. Finally, we will turn to field sciences where data must be collected outside the lab. We will examine what field sciences do today, what political, economic and theoretical pressures are impacting their practice and what their place may be in the not too far future. We will conclude by reflecting on the place basic science have in contemporary discourse, both within and outside academia. Finally, we will entertain ideas how archaeology can stay relevant, productive and help in a transition to a future yet unknown.

Publisert 26. feb. 2020 13:42 - Sist endret 11. mars 2020 14:40