In this sequence of assignments we will examine issues regarding our individual and collective future. Put succinctly, the goals of this assignment are:
• To reason normatively both individually and collectively;
• To develop a refined synthesis of our interests and ideas;
• To formulate long-term principles regarding the future that may serve as the basis for personal and collaborative action.
A manifesto is " ... a printed declaration, explanation, or justification of policy issued by a head of state, government, or political party or candidate, or any other individual or body of individuals of public relevance, as a school or movement in the Arts." And: "In extended use: a book or other work by a private individual supporting a cause, propounding a theory or argument, or promoting a certain lifestyle" (Oxford English Dictionary). Not straying too far from the OED, Wikipedia offers examples of notable manifestos including manifestos addressing technology. In this assignment, we will individually and collectively author a manifesto—a public declaration that offers normative principles regarding the relationship of humanity and technology.
This assignment has two parts. Part II of the assignment is here: https://canvas.vt.edu/courses/64869/assignments/401373
Part I: Individual Norms
Please develop a list of six normative statements, each no longer than one sentence, regarding how we should conceive of, and act in, the world fifty years from now.
"Normative statements affirm how things should or ought to be, how to value them, which things are good or bad, which actions are right or wrong." For example, "We should no longer use carbon-based fuels in fifty years." Or, "We should no longer use money." Or, "We ought to realize a world in which democracy exists but as a distant memory." Or, "We ought to adopt proactionary science and technology policies to move society into the future." Or, finally, "My children, and their children, should be genetically modified in order to live healthy, successful lives."
Accompanying each statement, please write a 250-350 word paragraph that:
• Explains the principle;
• Explains why you adopted it;
• Explains what the implications may be for others, for society, adopting it, and;
• Explains why the reader should take it seriously for possible inclusion in the collective manifesto.
With each paragraph, please provide a supporting reference to at least one source. Sources can come from course readings and resources (both primary and recommended), and any resource you deem appropriate.
Please post your norms and explanations to the appropriate page on our Canvas site by midnight April 3.