Design Theory B (The Body ×Design)

As technology progresses, our bodily functions are expanding and altering even if we are not aware of it. For example, practical AI has become a reality in recent years. With tremendous momentum, it is coming to perform intellectual labor that it was previously thought could only be accomplished by humans. With the smartphones we hold in our hands, it has become easy for us to access these intelligences. In this lecture, we look at this situation as an expansion / modification of the body. Expanding upon current trends in research and technology, we will consider how the body will be designed in the future. In this first half of the course, we will come into contact with these trends by reading in turns as a group. In the latter half, we will use the knowledge we gain to consider and make proposals about the future of the body. This year we will focus on “intelligence,” taking a peek at a vision for the future.

Course Format

Lecture, group reading and discussion

Course Plan/Overview

  • An overview of the media history and the singularity (2 blocks)
  • Group reading to understand the evolution of intelligence (10 blocks)
  • Surveying examples of cutting-edge research (outside of class)
  • Discussing where technology is headed (3 blocks)

※The number of class blocks listed in parentheses are estimates

Textbooks /
Reference Materials

Kurzweil, Ray. The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. NHK Publishing, inc.
Shanahan, Murray. The Technological Singularity. NTT Publishing.
Saito, Motoaki. The Singular Impact of Exa-Scale Computing on US. PHP Institute.
Penrose, Roger. Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt. Chikuma Shobō.
Kelly, Kevin. Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future. NHK Publishing.
Noah Harari, Yuval. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind. Kawade Shobō Shinsha.
Noah Harari, Yuval. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Kawade Shobō Shinsha.

Other materials will be distributed or indicated as necessary.

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