Bernard Stiegler’s Automatic Politics, a talk by Dr. Martin Crowley (Cambridge)

Screening Room 50 George Square University of Edinburgh 20/03/2017 5.15 pm Dr. Martin Crowley (Cambridge) “Bernard Stiegler’s Automatic Politics” Chair Luis de Miranda In the first volume of his La Société automatique (2015), Bernard Stiegler considers the social and philosophical implications of the predicted imminent increase in the proportion of labour undertaken by automata. The […]


This conversation tracks and critiques the human journey from the electronic frontier to the Anthropocene through the lens of the history of digital media. The first part of the conversation reveals complex trajectories between countercultures of the 1960s and their predecessors in the 1950s and 1940s. It links information technologies with historical struggles against totalitarianism, […]

Exploring the Quantum Speed Limit with Computer Games

Humans routinely solve problems of immense computational complexity by intuitively forming simple, low-dimensional heuristic strategies. Citizen science exploits this ability by presenting scientific research problems to non-experts. Gamification is an effective tool for attracting citizen scientists to provide solutions to research problems. While citizen science games Foldit, EteRNA and EyeWire have been used successfully to […]

Your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

When Siegel was asked in return whether he belonged in America, his answer was less upbeat: “I thought how isolated we all are and how disconnected we feel,” he says. “In our modern society we have this belief that mind is brain activity and this means the self, which comes from the mind, is separate […]