The final project for this unit is what I call the “Dream Vision” project. The genre of dream vision poetry was popular in the Middle Ages. In these, a human traveler dreams, and sees mystical visions in unreal settings that are transformative. In waking, these oneiric experiences become instruments of transcendence and redemption.
For this project, students will use their research on robotic or biological technology to inspire their own vision of what the interaction between humans and transhumans could be like in the future, as they time-travel fifty years ahead. The form for this project will have an entirely open platform, provided a standard bibliography is attached: short story, poem, spoken work, storyboard, video, and perhaps soon, virtual reality. How will things turn out? Our creations, and our futures, depend on who we are as humans, and both need our careful consideration to build a better world.