UvA Honours Big History Course: Information Revolutions in Big History
The development of information technology and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the way we interact with our social and natural environment to such an extent that this information revolution seems unprecedented.
But perhaps it is not.
Information revolutions have happened before, most notably during the origin of life and during the emergence of human culture. These developments were characterized by the evolution of new ways to store, process and exchange information, with the aid of the genetic code and human symbolic language respectively. As a result of this evolution, life and humans learned to learn in their own unique ways. This in turn allowed them to become significantly more complex than anything that had existed on Earth before.
Will this happen again in the near future, or not? During this course, you will address this and other questions about the nature and importance of information revolutions by systematically exploring similarities and other connections between them. As a result, you will develop a better understanding of how information revolutions, including the one we currently find ourselves in, have impact and will impact our world.
September to December 2021
Thursdays from 18:00-20:00
Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 1, 10 am - June 4, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS (registration is NOT through SIS)
Placement will be at random and students will be informered about their placement in the week of June 21.
There is NO guarantee for placement if you register AFTER June 4, so make sure you apply on time!
For questions about registration please email to: Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org