Our Future: One Planet, Tangled in Technology, with Liberty and Justice for Whom?
Rosalyn Berne, Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Join the Engaging the Mind Program and the Virginia Festival of the Book for an evening discussion with Rosalyn Berne, about her futuristic view in her novel, Waiting in the Silence. Professor Berne will examine how emerging technologies may change who we are as human beings… and how we redesign ourselves.
"Praise is due for this debut novel set in post-apocalyptic Nantucket in the USA, The complexity is dynamic between nano-enhanced humans who have access to universal knowledge and the independents whose access is limited. Oriana, our heroine, dangles between them, sometimes condemned and sometimes praised. The virtual mysterious intelligence, which rules the community, must control Oriana for she is the source of fertility for many barren women. Suspense. Drama. And the ending is a delightful surprise." Louise Meriwether, author, Daddy Was A Number Runner.
Rosalyn Berne is an associate professor in the School of Engineering, Department of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Virginia. She has served as the head of school for Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville, Va., assistant vice president for administration at U.Va., director of admissions at the U.Va. Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and executive director of the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the Darden School. Professor Berne’s research focuses on the ethical, cultural, and societal implications of the emergence and convergence of nanotechnology, bio-technology, information technology and cognitive sciences. She is particularly interested in the role and function of moral imagination, mythology and religious belief in conceptualizations pertaining to ethics in technological development. She has published widely on nanotechnology ethics.
She is the author of Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology (2006) and the science fiction novel, Waiting in the Silence (2012). Professor Berne holds multiple degrees from the University of Virginia, including a B.A. in Speech Communication, M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies, and Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Bio-Ethics.
March 21, 2013
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 Fourth Street, NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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