Opening event Data in the 21st Century: Vinay Gupta and Norbert Wiener

A lecture by Vinay Gupta, followed by the performance 'A lecture by Norbert Wiener on Man and Machine (2015)'' by Lane/You/Debackere.

Dec 2015
16:00 to 22:00
location: V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, Eendrachtsstraat 10, 3012 XL, Rotterdam

This event started at 17:00 with a lecture by Vinay Gupta followed by the performance "A lecture by Norbert Wiener on Man and Machine' by Lane/You/Debackere. At 19:00 the exhibition Data in the 21st Century was officially be opened.

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Keynote speaker: Vinay Gupta 
Vinay Gupta is widely known as an agents provocateur of infrastructure theory.  He has created disaster relief programs like STAR-TIDES with the US National Defense University, and shares his expertise on open source platforms. Gupta has also produced the Hexayurth Country, a national plan to reconstruct Haiti after the earthquake. His projects, including the Hexayurth, stem from devising Six Ways To Die, a best-practice guide to manage global systems during a crises. Having started with e-gold in the 90s, he has now taken the lead in discussing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the strengths of radical decentralization. Concurrently, Gupta holds the position of an Associate Fellow at the University of College London's Institute for Security and Resilience Studies, and has recently collaborated with the Guggenheim's Azone Project.

Performance: A lecture by Norbert Wiener on Man and Machine (2015) - Lane / You / Debackere
The new and rapidly growing field of communication sciences owes as much to Norbert Wiener as it does to anyone. Cybernetics is the term Wiener coined for the scientific study of control and communication in animals and machines. In his talk, he expounds on three major points in cybernetics relevant to religious issues. To begin with, he considers the question of machines that learn. He then examines machines that have the capacity to reproduce themselves. And finally, he elaborates on the relationship between humans and machines. “Render unto man the things which are man’s and unto the computer the things which are the computer’s,” Wiener said, pointing out the ethical dimension of the use of technology.

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