In accordance with Mount Holyoke's current response plan for COVID-19, this event has been canceled.
C. Thi Ngyuen, associate professor of philosophy, Utah Valley University will present the Gail Caldwell Stine Lecture.
Right now, institutions and technologists are trying to fix our motivational problems through gamification. But the techniques which work so well in the special space of games has some dangerous consequences in gamified life. Games give us pleasure by narrowing and simplifying our values — by giving us a momentary shelter from the complex value confusion of the world. This leads us to think about a larger phenomenon: value capture, which is when institutions, bureaucracies, and technologies present us with simplified versions of our values, and those simplified versions take over in our motivation. Quantification makes evaluations clearer and easier to manipulate by stripping off nuance and context. And thinking about the dangers of value capture will show us something important about what it means to be a free and autonomous being — a full participant in forming the terms of our life’s worth — and what we lose when we get our values off-the-rack.
Thursday, March 26 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm