PHIL 222.3 – Philosophy in the Digital World

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No Class Friday, Oct. 26th (10.19.18)

A reminder: There will be no lecture in PHIL 222 on Friday, October 26 since I'll be out of town at a conference.


Technological Unemployment: Philosophy Instructor Edition (10.18.18)

Semi-skilled industrial jobs have been displaced by robots for decades now. Autonomous vehicles may soon displace jobs for truck drivers. Even agriculture is on the verge of automation. So, it was bound to happen sooner or later:

"This robot co-taught a [philosophy] course at West Point," Khorri Atkinson, Axios, Oct. 16, 2018.

New Zealand's New Customs Law

As you may recall, we were discussing in class a while ago whether law enforcement and other government officials can legally demand a person's encryption keys or passwords. The answer: It's complicated and it varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and context to context. Apparently, though, New Zealand has now taken a pretty decisive step (in an anti-privacy direction):

"New Zealand: Hand over phone password at border or face $3,200 fine," James Griffiths,, Oct. 3, 2018

Up from the Archives: A Virtual World in Ruins

In 2018 "Second Life resembles a city swiftly evacuated following a radioactive threat."

"Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life ," Joe Veix,, Jun. 5, 2018

Here We Go Again... (09.28.18)

"Facebook reveals security breach affecting 50 million users," Globe and Mail, Sep. 28, 2018


The Herzog Film (09.09.18)

In class on Friday I mentioned Werner Herzog's 2016 film Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. As I mentioned, the film is available on Netflix Canada; it is also available on YouTube as paid content. However, if you don't mind (or maybe positively enjoy) Spanish subtitles, it turns out that it also available on YouTube for free (though I predict that this version will almost certainly be taken down relatively soon as a copyright violation):

Enjoy (while it lasts).

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Time / Location:

MWF 12:30 - 1:20 PM / Arts 217

CRN: 87076 (Section 01, Fall Term, 2018)
Instructor: William Buschert <>
Office / Phone: McLean Hall 126 / (306) 966-6955
Office Hours: MW 2:00 - 3:30 or by appointment

All texts that we will be reading in the course are available for download on the ‘Readings’ page (use your U of S NSID and password to access).


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Last Updated: October 19, 2018