This round table seminar will introduce students to conceptual frameworks in new media through a series of readings, which include articles, books and essays that explore technology and its broader implications on society, ethics and cultural production. The seminar is divided into roughly four parts: Media transformations – the Mechanical and Digital, Singularity, artificial intelligence and what it means to be human, The ethics behind data, algorithms and access, and Speculative Fiction, Games and Collaborative Storytelling. Through close reads, critical analysis and discussions the students will write, speak and contextualize their own media production and consumption. In addition to a comparative essay, and a final paper, each student is expected to present the main ideas of a particular text and to lead the class discussion at least twice. Students will also write weekly response papers. Throughout the semester the class will function as an incubator, which nurtures discussion, the sharing of ideas and community.