If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.

Posted by $ jbrenner 2 years, 5 months ago to Philosophy
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The following was sent to me today by Moti Mizrahi, one of Florida Tech's philosophy professors. Given the nature of this forum, I expect a lot of comments on this.

"In an op-ed at The Guardian, John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University, writes 'If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.”

Whether or not he is right about that, you do not have to choose between tech, history, and philosophy. The Humanities Program at Florida Tech offers you a variety of courses in history, literature, philosophy, and more, so that you can become a supersmart tech leader with knowledge of history and philosophy; someone who will not make the mistakes our current tech leaders have made.'

My two cents:
I know this is advertising, but at least I do pay the advertising fee to put my ad for my nanotech minor program on the web site. I occasionally get asked whether Florida Tech has the right philosophy. As a whole, we do, but certainly there are some here who don't.
SOURCE URL: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/19/how-tech-leaders-delivered-us-into-evil-john-naughton

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  • Posted by Lucky 2 years, 5 months ago
    Yes, the individuals whose names appear daily in the media as leaders, pioneers and tech-wizzs,
    appear to be remarkably ignorant outside their field.
    It seems to be part of the current fad of celebrity where tennis celebrities give advice on food,
    TV stars give advice on voting, and any celebrity famous for being famous is paid to spout on anything.

    jbrenner's point about Florida Tech-
    able to give a balanced education
    producing university graduates well rounded in the
    sense that university was traditionally supposed to do,
    well that is a solution.

    While we wait, it would help to give cred to the famous only in their field of expertize.
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