Tag: Technology

Ethics Labs, Ivory Towers, and the Philosophy of Change

Ethics Labs, Ivory Towers, and the Philosophy of Change


A single glance at the Georgetown University Ethics Lab is enough to know it does academic philosophy differently. Their pamphlets, the website, the lab itself all show intentional, consistent branding—sleek, Apple-store white, accented with bright neon circles. The Ethics Lab plucks words like “innovation,” “deep learning,” and “industry disruption” from their homes in business school…

Deconstructing the Desktop

Deconstructing the Desktop


Computers are inherently tools of privilege. Society and the average user often view computers as blank canvases that reflect their user’s intentions, but that is not the case. Rather, computers should be viewed as tools that reflect the privileges and priorities of their historical and contemporary creators. Modern computing originated in the U.K and U.S….

<i>Black Mirror</i>‘s San Junipero: Technological Immortality

Black Mirror‘s San Junipero: Technological Immortality


If you could choose to live in a man-made paradise forever– would you? In “San Junipero,” the fourth episode of Black Mirror, the characters are part of a society that poses this question to the sick and dying, specifically to the lucky few who can afford this special treatment. They have the option of having…

Byte the Bullet: Let Students Use Their Computers


So far, my time at Georgetown has been one of adjustment. Like most freshmen, I got lost in the labyrinth as I searched for Darnall’s I-9 office for student employees. Academically, I am still struggling to adjust to the readings that every class is assigning. However, as I spent the last few months preparing for…

Minimalism in the Modern World

Minimalism in the Modern World


The last few decades have witnessed the development of a profoundly influential philosophical movement that is tantamount to perceptions of the modern world, but was conceived over a hundred years ago. It has its roots in primitivism, but now reaches into canopy of culture. Although the term “Minimalism“ was first used in 1913 to describe…

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