Among the most persistent and unfortunate conclusions drawn from the wide-scale digitalisation of information is that it will simply amplify, extend, rationalize and/or control “knowledge” and “intelligence” without also fundamentally changing our understanding of what knowledge and intelligence actually are. It is not the same but more and faster.
Because of this we miss the opportunity to appreciate new and usual forms of intelligence that appear before us. We can communicate with some of these directly and some of them communicate for us. Others think in ways so unlike the way we think (or the way we think that we think) that communication will probably be only partial at best. The implications for a geopolitics of computation are decisive, particularly at the scale of the city.
In this talk, Benjamin H. Bratton will consider these dynamics in relation to several contemporary forms of “artificial intelligence,” here understood not only as machines that think like people, but machines that achieve measurable intelligence in ways very different than people.
These include, first of all, a critique of “Turing Test” anthropocentrism in popular understandings of artificial intelligence, (2) a survey of machine perception and sensing understood as a kind of active sensation, (3) a discussion of massive universal addressing systems and their implications for our basic conceptions of objects and events, and (4) a consideration of the intelligent archives as a building block for emergent macroeconomic platforms.
Special attention will be given to the role of Russian futurism, science, and science-fiction in anticipating and articulating related ideas.
Benjamin Bratton — a theorist whose works spans Philosophy, Media, Art and Design. He is Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego; and Professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media&infrastrtucture, architectural&urban design problems. Bratton’s current work focuses on the political geography of the cloud computing, highly-granular universal addresing systems.
Bratton is a highly unconventional thinker whose written work and oral presentations challenge our perception of information culture today and the brave new world ahead of us.
The lecture will be followed by a musical performance by Noise Décor. This collaborative effort between Zhenya Nedosekina (Jekka) and Diana Burkot (Rosemary Loves a Blackberry, Fanny Kaplan) will feature vocal improvisations from a range of unusual musical programs and instruments. The performance of these young musicians will serve as a kind of rejoinder to the theme of the electronic storage of information.
Zhenya Nedosekina — contemporary musician, graduate of the Strelka Institute, curator of city and cultural programs. As part of the development of contemporary culture in the Russian provinces, Nedosekina created a program of cultural education events in Kaluga.
Diana Burkot — contemporary musician from acts like Rosemary Loves a Blackberry and the trio Fanny Kaplan.
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The lecture is an eclectic series of events, among which are a workshop on data visualisation, a conference on digital archivalism, and an interactive multimedia exhibition and a concert. Together they form a platform for discussion of virtual structures that inform and influence modern models of text and information presentation. It is a laboratory for experimental inquiries into the nature of the digital realm and its intersection with the lived space.
The lecture supported by innovation partner “MegaFon”.