PICT Panel: Hope, Fear & Tech


1. Take RER A to Noisy-Champs
2. Leave the station by “sortie 3”
3. Turn left and go straight until you pass Hotel Ibis
4. Take the first right after Hotel Ibis and go straight until you see the security guard cabin (campus entrance) to your left
5. Tell the guard you’re here for the event, sign in, and ask for directions to “Amphi Cauchy”

See you soon! 🎈

On Tuesday, 6 December 2022, PICT cordially invites you the panel, “Hope, Fear & Tech: Perspectives on Technology from the Humanities,” at the École des Ponts ParisTech. The panel will bring together an international group of PICT faculty members to explore the relationship between humanity and technology.

Technological progress is a source of hope and fear alike. From artificial intelligence to global megacities, our own creations present us with mounting challenges—not only on a technical, but also on a human level. How do technological developments affect our identities as individuals and groups? How can we make space for the expression of human values in our virtual environment? And how can art help us confront and articulate our technological hopes and fears?

Our panel will approach these questions from a humanities perspective. Philosopher Viktoras Bachmetjevas will discuss the distinction between the virtual and the real. Philosopher Luca Possati will explore the relationship between artificial intelligence and human identity. Award-winning director Nada Serhan will discuss human-AI interactions in science-fiction films. And interdisciplinary theorist Natasha Lushetich will introduce contemporary forms of (post)human agency generated by technological advancement.

The event will begin with a fifteen-minute presentation by each speaker, followed by a round table discussion in which the speakers will take questions from each other and the audience.

The event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, 6 December 2022
18:00 – 20:00


École des Ponts ParisTech
Amphi Cauchy

6-8 Avenue Blaise Pascal
77420 Champs-sur-Marne
(RER A Noisy-Champs)