Expert on human-technology relations Peter Hancock

"Mind, Machine, and Morality"

November 16, 2009 
Apollo Room, Student Union 

Presented in partnership with the President's Office and the Center for Human-Centered Innovation, Department of Psychology, and Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Peter Hancock, D.Sc., Ph.D., studies human relations with technology—how we shape it, and how it is shaping us. He poses that technology "is the gatekeeper that acts to decide who shall have and who shall have not... Whatever we are to become is bound up not only in our biology but critically in our technology." The possible futures of this symbiosis is the subject of his latest book,Mind, Machine and Morality: Toward a Philosophy of Human-Technology Symbiosis.

Hancock is the head of the Minds in Technology/Machines in Thought (MIT²) laboratory at the University of Central Florida, where he is also Provost Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Simulation and Training. In 2009, he was named University Pegasus Professor, the highest award given by the university. He also holds a courtesy appointment as a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hancock is the author of over 600 refereed scientific articles and publications and has edited numerous books, including Stress, Workload, and Fatigue in 2001, Human Performance and Ergonomics in 1999, and Essays on the Future of Human-Machine Systems in 1997. He has been continuously funded by extramural sources every year of his professional career, including support from NASA, NIH, NIA, FAA, FHWA, the U.S. Navy the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army.

His many awards include the Sir Frederic Taylor Award of the Ergonomics Society of Great Britain for lifetime achievement. He plays a number of team sports, as well as coaching youngsters, and collects and studies antique maps.