Technology and Society
On-site week in Tartu 7-11 August 2023
Technology has a long-standing and seemingly increasing role in contemporary society. Increasing automation of various societal and work processes has an impact on almost every life. In media discourse, these changes are often discussed under the mystical label “artificial intelligence” which is used to describe so many different processes, systems, devices, and ideas that it almost loses any real meaning. What is behind this buzzword? What do people in different groups imagine when they talk about AI? How is the meaning of AI constituted in a dialogue with culture and society? What is the impact of our long-term historical and cultural legacies on the conception and adoption of AI systems? What is the impact of these systems, as they are constructed today, on our society?
The intensive course on technology and society, with a special focus on the so-called “intelligent systems” addresses these questions and many more, giving an interdisciplinary and diverse overview of the main theories, paradigms and discourses at the intersection of technology, society, and language.
During five days of lectures, seminars, and practical exercises we will discuss the entangled history of AI, technology, semiotics, and society; the role of science fiction and pop culture in the discourse on technology; look at some examples of intelligent technologies in society; inquire into the problems created by these systems, and learn to generally make sense of the complex discourses on technology and AI.
|Focus area:||Semiotics||Coordinating unit at UT||
Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
|Study Field:||Arts and Humanities||Course Leader||Auli Viidalepp, PhD student|
|Format||Summer course||Location||Tartu, Estonia|
|Course dates:||7-11 August 2023||Apply by:||30 April 2023|
|Study group||all students on the level of BA and MA||Language||English|
Application is closed.
Two weeks prior to the start of the programme an information file will be sent to all participants. This file contains the daily schedule and relevant contact information of the programme managers.
Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and arrival and housing section to find accommodation opportunities.