Nature, Design and Technology: The Multi-Disciplinary 21st Century


INSTRUCTOR: Robert Hacker


SCHEDULE: Tuesday 9:00AM – 11:30AM

Course Description

The course examines the 21st century and the Fourth Industrial Revolution through an exploration of fundamental questions surrounding two frameworks: 1. Nature, design, and technology. 2. Humanity, learning, and networking. These frameworks provide insight into the interconnectedness of existing and emerging social, economic, political and environmental problems of the near future. Students will explore five main concepts—creativity and innovation, complexity, computation, design thinking, and bio-mimicry—as a means to develop multi-disciplinary frameworks to address problems. Course topics will also develop an understanding of the key emerging technologies–artificial intelligence, Blockchain, gaming, cyber-physical systems and robotics—and their impact on society.