Arne Næss Symposium 2018: Homo Futurus with a Thousand Faces

How do we imagine the future human species?

Will future humans be prosocial, and environmentally friendly beings who think dutifully and live beautifully, or will they be hapless victims of digital dictatorship and totalitarian surveillance à la Margaret Atwood Handmaid’s tale? Will they be a species of homo religiosus – spiritually evolved creatures, or will they resemble Ray Kurzweil’s immortal avatar with the brains linked to a cloud?

This year's Arne Næss Symposium will comprise two events which will illuminate the theme 'Homo Futurus' from two different angles:

Day One: Does Faith Move Mountains? Reinventing Nature

24 October 18:30-20:30, UiO Gamle festsal

Day one will look at religion and ecology, and the invention of nature. It will feature among others the 2018 Arne Næss Professor Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University, who specializes in the study of religion and ecology. She will be joined by Andrea Wulf, author of the blockbuster 'The Invention of Nature', a New York Times bestseller which has received dazzling reviews and awards.

See the full programme here

Day Two: Are We What We Communicate? Reinventing Humanity

25 October 13:00-15:00, Arne Næss auditoriet, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern

Listen to the audio recodring of Day Two

Day two will look at communication and the human consequences of networking technology. It will feature John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Cambridge University, and the author of the book 'From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet'. He will be joined by Evgeny Morozov, contributing editor at The New Republic and former visiting scholar at Stanford University. Morozov is the author of the book 'The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom'.

See the full programme here.



Day One: Does Faith Move Mountains? Reinventing Nature

24 October 18:30-20:30 - UiO Gamle festsal

Chair: Nina Witoszek

  • Welcome - Rector Svein Stølen
  • Arne Næss Lecture – Mary Evelyn Tucker
  • Keynote – Andrea Wulf
  • Intermezzo – David Chocron
  • Young Researchers Challenge
  • Panel
    • Lasse Thoresen - Composer
    • Kjetil Trædal Thorsen – Architect and Director of Snøhetta
    • Einar Tjelle - Norwegian Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities
    • Erling Kagge - Explorer, author and publisher

Day Two: Are We What We Communicate? Reinventing Humanity

25 October 13:00-15:00 - Arne Næss auditoriet, Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern

Chair: Inga Bostad

  • John Naughton
  • Evgeny Morozov
  • Panel
    • Håkon Haugli - CEO of Abelia (the business association of Norwegian knowledge and technology based enterprises), former Member of Parliament
    • Eirik Newth - author and technology writer
    • Andreas Bye - Department Head, Department for Human Centred Digitalization, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
  • Discussion and questions from the audience
Published Aug. 24, 2018 1:27 PM - Last modified Nov. 16, 2018 1:55 PM