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Daniels Fund Luncheon Talk: When Emerging Technologies Confront Wildness

April 19, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The Daniels Fund Program in Professional Ethics Education invites you to a luncheon talk given by Dr. Christopher J. Preston (University of Montana) titled “When Emerging Technologies Confront Wildness.” Lunch will be provided. Please complete the RSVP form if you are interested: http://danielsfund.mines.edu/preston


Powerful emerging technologies such as synthetic biology and climate engineering are creating new types of artifacts on increasingly dramatic scales. Artificial genomes and artificial climates would provide humans with unprecedented capacity to transform nature and with deeply unfamiliar management responsibilities. No artifact, however, is immune to wildness. This talk will highlight how wildness can linger in every artifact, both in terms of the artifact’s engineering and in terms of its social/political context. The presence of wildness in these new technological tools makes particular moral demands on those who develop such technologies. The talk will consider some of those moral demands.

About the speaker:

Dr. Christopher J. Preston is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and a Research Fellow at the Mansfield Center’s Program on Ethics and Public Affairs at the University of Montana. He works in environmental philosophy, climate ethics, the ethics of emerging technologies, and feminist philosophy. His books include Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston, III (Trinity University Press 2009) and Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place (University of Georgia Press 2003). His newest book, The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World was released by MIT Press in March 2018.


April 19, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Ben H. Parker Student Center
1200 16th St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States


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Ballroom D