Guthrie Tries to “Prove You’re Human” | HASTAC

Bernadette Guthrie posted an interesting class exercise on her HASTAC blog, one with implications for how studies of slavery, digital humanities, and black diasporic lifeworlds might intersect:

“On the first day, I used an immersive activity to allow students to immediately start reflecting on how our conceptions of technology affect our understandings of what it means to be human. Without providing any indication of the purpose of the assignment, I broke students into pairs and had them administer to one another two tests designed to determine if the test taker is a human or a machine. The first was a modified version of the Voight-Kampff, the fictional test used to separate humans from androids in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and in Ridley Scott’s adaptation Blade Runner. The second was a paper-based version of the familiar CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA tests, which we must regularly take to “prove we’re human.””

Read it all: Guthrie – Prove You’re Human | HASTAC


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