Orit Halpern, researcher on digital culture, and philosopher Matteo Pasquinelli discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of our increasingly algorithmic reality and the demons that inhabit it. Both AI and smart cities are responses to ongoing crises and accumulating traumas, and aim to manage a flood of information and enforce a hedged reality. How can we prevent digital innovations from acting as a malignant force, how can we better understand their (pre-digital) roots and predefined structures?
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Orit Halpern is Professor and Chair of Digital Cultures at the Technische Universität Dresden. Her work combines the history of science, computer science, and cybernetics with that of design. Her first monograph, Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason (Duke University Press, 2015), explores the history of Big Data, design, and governmentality. Her latest book, The Smartness Mandate (MIT Press, 2022), co-written with Robert Mitchell, traces our obsession with smart technologies and artificial intelligence.
Matteo Pasquinelli is Professor of Media Philosophy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where he heads the Research Group for Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy (KIM). His research focuses on the intersections between the philosophy of mind, political economy, and the automation of knowledge and cultural production. He is the author of the monograph The Eye of the Master: A Social History of Artificial Intelligence (Verso, 2023) and co-editor of Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and Its Traumas (Meson Press, 2015).