CTL Faculty Seminar @ LaGuardia Community College

Resources & Readings

*Anderson, Susan Leigh. “Asimov’s ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ and Machine Metaethics.” Schneider, pp. 290-307.

Armstrong, Stuart. Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence. Machine Intelligence Research Institute, 2014.

Bell, David, and Barbara M. Kennedy. The Cybercultures Reader. Routledge, 2000.

*Bostrom, Nick. “The Control Problem. Excerpts from Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. Schneider, pp. 308-330.

—. “A History of Transhumanist Thought.” 2005, http://www.nickbostrom.com/papers/history.pdf. Accessed 1 June 2015.

—. “Why I want to Be a Posthuman When I Grow Up.” More and Vita-More, pp. 28-53.

*Brin, David,  Damien Broderick, Nick Bostrom, Alexander “Sasha” Chislenko, Robin Hanson, Max More, Michael Nielsen, and Anders Sandberg. “A Critical Discussion of Vinge’s Singularity Concept.” More and Vita-More, pp. 395-417.

*Broderick, Damien. “Trans and Post.” More and Vita-More, pp. 430-37.

*Butler, Jesse W. “Un-terminated: The Integration Of The Machines.” Terminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back, Therefore I Am, edited by Richard Brown & Kevin S. Decker, John Wiley & Sons, 2009, pp. 52-66.

*Chalmers, David J. “The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis.” Schneider, pp. 171-224.

*Clark, Andy. “Cyborgs Unplugged.” Schneider, pp. 13-34.

*Darling, Kate. “Robts and Humans.” The Conference, MIT Media Lab, 19 August 2015,


Goertzel, Ben. “Artificial General Intelligence and the Future of Humanity.” More and Vita-More, pp. 128-137.

*—.”Superintelligence: Fears, Promises and Potentials. Reflections on Bostrom’s Superintelligence, Yudkowsky’s From AI to Zombies, and Weaver and Veitas’s ‘Open-Ended Intelligence.’” Journal of Evolution and Technology, vol. 24, issue 2, November 2015, pp. 55-87, http://jetpress.org/v25.2/goertzel.htm. Accessed 15 July 2016.

González, Jennifer. “Envisioning Cyborg Bodies: Notes from Current Research.” Bell and Kennedy, pp. 540-551.

*Haraway, Donna J. “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s.” The Gendered Cyborg: A Reader, edited by Gill Kirkup et al., Routledge, 2000, pp. 50-57.

*Kurzweil, Ray. “Superintelligence and Singularity.”  Schneider, pp. 146-70.

Moravec, Hans. Robot: Mere Machine to Transcendent Mind. Oxford UP, 1999.

*More, Max. “The Philosophy of Transhumanism.” More and Vita-More, pp. 3-17.

—., and Natasha Vita-More, editors. The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Rothblatt, Martine. “Mind is Deeper Than Matter: Transgenderism, Transhumanism, and the Freedom of Form.” More and Vita-More, pp. 317-26.

Sandberg, Anders. “An Overview of Models of Technological Singularity.” More and Vita-More, pp. 367-394.

Schneider, Susan. “Mindscan: Transcending and Enhancing the Human Brain.” Schneider, pp. 260-276.

—., editor. Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence. 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2016.

*Seed, David. “Robots and Cyborgs,” in Science Fiction: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP, 2011, pp. 59-65.

Stryker, Susan. “Transsexuality: The Postmodern Body And/As Technology.” Bell and Kennedy, pp. 587-597.

*“Transhumanist Declaration (2012).” More and Vita-More, pp. 54-55.

*Vinge, Vernor. “Technological Singularity.” More and Vita-More, pp. 365-75.