STS 236
Automatic Culture: From the Mechanical Turk to A.I.
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II
Cross-listed HSCI 236 / SCST 236 / STS 236
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Using literary writing and visual representation as our primary points of entry, we will study the history of automation, exploring its effects as idea and as material implementation upon public and private spheres, craftsmen and courts, wage-laborers, artists, and inventors. Readings from such authors as E.T.A. Hoffman, Kurt Vonnegut, Roald Dahl, and Sydney Padua will be supplemented with studies in the history and historiography of technology. The objects we examine will be as different from one another as the dulcimer-playing android presented as a gift to Marie Antoinette, IBM’s Deep Blue, and contemporary devices like Amazon’s Echo.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1191
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: mid-term and final essays, discussion participation, and brief in-class writing exercises.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: STS concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HSCI 236 Division II SCST 236 Division II STS 236 Division II

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