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Kevin LaGrandeur

Kevin LaGrandeur is Professor of English at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and Director of Technical Writing Programs.  He began exploring the intersections between digital technology, culture, philosophy, and English studies in the early 1990’s and was an early adopter of digital technology in the English classroom.  Dr. LaGrandeur has written many articles and conference presentations on digital culture; Artificial Intelligence and ethics; and literature and science.  His publications have appeared in journals such as Computers & Texts, Computers and the Humanities, and Science Fiction Studies; in books such as Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media; and in popular publications such as United Press International (UPI), where he recently published an Op-Ed piece on future protocols for developing Artificial Intelligence, called “The Mars Landing and Artificial Intelligence.”  His recent book on the premodern cultural history of AI is titled Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2012).  His more recent conference presentations have been on transhumanism and the posthuman.

Dr. LaGrandeur has been awarded a variety of grants based on his work, including a Summer NEH grant to participate in a research seminar on computers and English Studies(1995), a fellowship from Hofstra University’s Center for Teaching Excellence to develop a training course for faculty on computer-assisted instruction (1997), a software grant from the Daedalus Corporation to help develop computer-interactive writing courses at Hofstra University (1993-96), an NYIT/New York State DAV Grant (2001) to develop online course materials for Disabled Veterans, an NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant (2001-2002) to develop Web Design/Web Communication curriculum, and a $25,000 grant from the European Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency for research into the ethics of robotics, particularly the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of recent efforts to develop an artificial conscience for robots; he was also a participant in the NYIT/NY State Virtual Learning Space Grant (fall 2002) to help develop online training site for NY State teachers, and has been awarded several grants to work on the book mentioned above.  He has been on the educational technology committees of two universities, spent two years as the chair of one of them, and was also on the educational technology grant review committee for NYIT.

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Artificial Slaves: Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture by Kevin LaGrandeur (2013)

"Posthumanism and Contemporary Art"   Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art  (Apr 8, 2016)

"Could Artificial Morals and Emotions Make Robots Safer?"   Ethical Technology  (Oct 2, 2015)

"#11: What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?"   Ethical Technology  (Dec 26, 2014)

"Emotion, Artificial Intelligence, and Ethics"   Beyond Artificial Intelligence 9. 2015, pp 97-109   (Sep 1, 2014)

"What is the Difference between Posthumanism and Transhumanism?"   Ethical Technology  (Jul 28, 2014)

"Ancient Definitions of Personhood: The Homunculus, the Golem, and Aristotle"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 21, 2014)

"Surprising new Pew Research Center Study indicates most Americans dont want radical life extension"   Ethical Technology  (Nov 4, 2013)

"Magical Code and Coded Magic: The Persistence of Occult Ideas in Modern Gaming and Computing"   Routledge  (Oct 26, 2013)

"Technology in Cross-Cultural Mythology: Western and Non-Western"   Ethical Technology  (Aug 17, 2013)

"Artificial Slaves, and Their Relevance Today"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 23, 2013)

"Review of the NYC Silicon Alley TEDx Conference: a Mixed Bag"     (Dec 9, 2012)

"Do Medieval and Renaissance Androids Presage the Posthuman?"   Purdue University Press  (Oct 23, 2012)

"The Persistent Peril of the Artificial Slave"  (Oct 16, 2012)

"The Mars Landing and Artificial Intelligence"   UPI  (Oct 12, 2012)

Recent Multimedia
Ancient Definitions of Personhood and Difficult Social Precedents   2013-12-20

Does this robot want your job? (Mar 24, 2017)

Kevin LaGrandeur Publishes Op-Ed in USAToday (Mar 15, 2017)

Kevin LaGrandeur published new book Artificial Slaves (Feb 28, 2017)

IEET Fellows Kevin LaGrandeur and John Danaher interviewed on Future of Work (Oct 15, 2016)

Kevin LaGrandeur is organizing a Posthuman Futures conference (Jan 23, 2016)

Past Appearances
NY Posthuman Fall Summit (New York University, NY - Nov 18, 2016)

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur @ Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Atlanta, Georgia - Nov 04, 2016)

IEET fellow Kevin LaGrandeur speaking on technology-caused unemployment (NYIT, Old Westbury, Long Island - Sep 29, 2016)

Kevin LaGrandeur at Cleveland MOCA (Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Spring Exhibition - Apr 28, 2016)

Kevin LaGrandeur @ Conference of the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) (Houston, Texas - Nov 13, 2015)