Self-organised criticality and the brain

Mounting evidence suggests that localized episodes of disordered brain activity, like avalanches in a sand pile, help keep the overall system in healthy balance. In 1999, the Danish physicist Per Bak proclaimed to a group of neuroscientists that it had taken him only 10 minutes to determine where the field had gone wrong. Perhaps the […]

MAN-MACHINE FROM THE GREEKS TO THE COMPUTER

The Anthrobotics Cluster at the University of Edinburgh / The CRAG – Creation of Reality Group Aram Vartanian MAN-MACHINE FROM MACHINE TO THE COMPUTER (in P. Weiner ed., Dictionary of the History of Ideas, vol. 3. New York: Scribner, 1973) The man-machine idea occupies a strategic and fateful position at the confluence of several disciplines […]

The Anthrobotics Cluster

‘The distinction between us and robots is going to disappear.’ Rodney Brooks, Robot: The Future of Flesh and Machines, 2002. The Crag – Creation of Reality Group, directed by Luis de Miranda – is co-developing The Anthrobotics Interdisciplinary Network at the University of Edinburgh along with the school of informatics, with Ram Ramamoorthy and Michael […]

The Question Concerning Technology, by Martin Heidegger

Text for the 24th February session of the Crag reading group LLC 50 George Square Room 3.30 6 pm ‘In what follows we shall be questioning concerning technology. Questioning builds a way. We would be advised, therefore, above all to pay heed to the way, and not to fix our attention on isolated sentences and […]

THEORIES OF TECHNOLOGY AS EXTENSION OF HUMAN FACULTIES

THEORIES OF TECHNOLOGY AS EXTENSION OF HUMAN FACULTIES Below is a link to a preprint version of the following article: Brey, P. (2000). ‘Technology as Extension of Human Faculties.’ Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Technology. Research in Philosophy and Technology, vol 19. Ed. C. Mitcham. London: Elsevier/JAI Press. ‘The idea that technology is an extension of the […]

Reflections on Etienne Souriau’s modes of existence, by Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour. Reflections on Etienne Souriau’s Les diff ́erents modes d’existence. Harman Graham, Bryant Levi, Srnicek Nick. The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, re.press, pp.304-333, 2011 In a totally forgotten book, Etienne Souriau, a mid 20th century philosopher had very daringly proposed to tackle straight on the question of the plurivocity of being not, […]