Treffpunkt/Meeting point Kammer 2

3000 YEARS OF ALGORITHMIC HISTORY: FROM ANCIENT GEOMETRIC RITUALS TO MODERN AI

BY MATTEO PASQUINELLI / Moderation: Tobi Müller // In English, FREE ENTRY

Lecture

As the mathematician Jean-Luc Chabert noted: “Algorithms have been around since the beginning of time and existed well before a special word had been coined to describe them. Algorithms are not confined to mathematics. The Babylonians used them for deciding points of law, Latin teachers used them to get the grammar right, and they have been used in all cultures for predicting the future, for deciding medical treatment, or for preparing food.”

Algorithms emerged from ritual practices and the organisation of the social life. Similarly, today the algorithms of machine learning and AI emerge from personal data and collective behaviours. Our perspective about the algorithms of AI, then, have to change. Algorithms are usually perceived to be the application of complex mathematical formulas in the abstract. On the contrary, even the most complex algorithms always emerge from material practices: they are emergent processes that materialise out of a previous and spontaneous division of space, time and labour.

Artificial Intelligence is an enormous imitation engine of collective intelligence.


On June 12 at 7 pm.


Matteo Pasquinelli works as professor for media philosophy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, where he coordinates the research group KIM (kim-hfg-karlsruhe.de). Among other publications, he recently issued the anthology “Alleys of Your Mind: Erweiterte Intelligenz und seine Traumata”. Pasquinelli's reseach focuses on the interface between cognitive sciences, digital economy and machine learning. For Verso Books he is currently working on the monograph “Das Auge des Meisters: Kapital als rechnerische Erkenntnis“ (WT).


Part of the festival “Politik der Algorithmen – Kunst, Leben, Künstliche Intelligenz” from June 11 to 16, 2019



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Z COMMON GROUND, Studiobühne der Theaterwissenschaft München
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