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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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Surviving the Machine Age: Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work by Kevin LaGrandeur and James Hughes eds. (2017)

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

"Here’s How We Can Make AI for Tracking Covid Safer"   Ethical Technology  (Jul 9, 2020)

"The Future of Humanity: An Intimate Techno-Relationship"   Making Weconomy: Collaborative Enterprise Magazine  (Mar 22, 2018)

"Kevin LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology – A.I. Taking Jobs"   Academic Minute  (Oct 24, 2017)

"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
Kevin LaGrandeur on Surviving the Machine Age   2017-12-03

A.I. Taking Jobs   2017-09-13

The PostHuman   2017-04-09

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

IEET Fellow Kevin LaGrandeur Appointed to editorial boards of AI & Ethics and The Journal of Posthumanism (Sep 15, 2020)

IEEt Fellows Stefan Sorgner & Kevin LaGrandeur on Covid19 and the Posthuman (Jun 08, 2020)

Kevin LaGrandeur on Technological Unemploymen (May 14, 2019)

Kevin LaGrandeur on Ancient Technology (May 13, 2019)

The Ethics Behind Artificial Intelligence: A Dialogue with the CIO of Insight Corporation (Sep 28, 2018)

Past Appearances
LaGrandeur @ INTAL Conference (Buenos Aires, Argentina - Jul 12, 2018)

LaGrandeur @ Posthuman Ethics (New York University - Apr 27, 2018)

Kevin LaGrandeur @ U. of Michigan (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the U. of Michigan - Sep 11, 2017)

LaGrandeur @ ThoughtWorks (New York, NY - Apr 18, 2017)

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