Perspectives on Technology


Perspectives on Technology

Author Role

Edited by: Lauren Beck

Edited by: Victoria Warren

Contributing Author/Featured Speaker: Brian Christian



What comes to mind when someone mentions technology? If you're like most people, you probably think of things such as the computer or the smart phone, or maybe even "older" technologies such as the automobile or the airplane. But what about things like the wheel, the ax, the printing press or modern plumbing? Or new developments such as insect-based robots or mice that can grow human organs? So what is technology then, and how do the diverse technologies in our lives affect us? In what ways do they improve our quality of life and in what ways do they detract from it?

Publication Date



Susquehanna University




"The Most Human Human" by Brian Christian

Brian Christian is the author of The Most Human human, which was named a Wall Street Journal bestseller and a New Yorker magazine favorite book of 2011. In keeping with this year's university theme, "Technology in our Lives," he will address how computers are reshaping society's ideas of what it means to be human.

Christian's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The Guardian, The Paris Review, and Best New Poets, and in scientific journals such as Cognitive Science.

He has been featured on The Charlie Rose Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has lectured at Google, Microsoft, the Santa Fe Institute and the London School of Economics. His work has won several awards.

Perspectives on Technology