Edwin Lo

Lectures (5th-7th Dec 2022): Incompatible Thought: Legacy and its Recursivity

北藝大博班實驗室2022系列演講II
【不相容的思想:遺產及其遞歸】 許煜訪台系列講座
〖Incompatible Thought: Legacy and its Recursivity〗

時間:2022年12月5日、6日、7日,14:00-17:00
地點:國立臺北藝術大學 基進講堂(圖書館3F,入口位於圖書館正門前石階左側)
講題:〈斯蒂格勒與後歐洲哲學〉、〈何謂亞洲?一個提問〉、〈機器與戰爭〉
報名連結:https://forms.gle/hqojhwcUHYd1HRGV6
(由於場地座位有限,煩請填寫)

 

「我不會說新的技術思想必然出自亞洲,而非歐洲,但我相信這類新思想只會出現在思想體系之間的不相容,因為兩者間的不相容造就出思想自身的個體化,同時避開從屬與支配關係。然而歐洲是否對此做好了準備?對我來說,再次闡明今天哲學、技術和地緣政治學之間的關係極為重要,然而今天我們仍然缺乏思考。」(21世紀的控制論 –—《遞歸與偶然》 洛文克訪談許煜)
“One does not inherit a stock, a constituted reserve that one would receive or that one would find somewhere, like a deposit … Inheriting does not consist in receiving goods or capital that would be in one place, already and once and for all, localized in a bank, a data bank, or whatever. Inheritance implies decision, responsibility, response and, consequently, critical selection, choice. There is always choice, whatever one likes it or not, whether it is or isn’t conscious.” (Jacques Derrida and Bernard Stiegler, Inheritances – And Rhythm)

本期博班實驗室系列講座邀請到許煜教授與我們分享他正在發展中的三個題目:〈斯蒂格勒與後歐洲哲學〉、〈何謂亞洲?一個提問〉、〈機器與戰爭〉。這三個題目不僅延續了過往許煜教授的研究興趣,也同時指向了使這些提問得以成立的思想遺產。然而如同德希達與斯蒂格勒對談時所言,遺產的繼承並非是被動地接受,而是需要繼承者依照當下的處境,主動地選擇要繼承的部分。我們或許可以將思想承繼的過程視為一種遞歸,其中個別思想者的概念揀選與提煉便是對於遞歸而言不可或缺的偶然性。換言之,我們可以將許煜教授的演講視為一種思想承繼者與思考者的演示:如何在遞歸中增添偶然,以及對於思想遺產的批判性揀選。通過對此一姿態的觀摩,我們得以反身重探之於我們的重要問題:在當代,藝術還意味著什麼?

 

講者|
許煜教授(Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Yuk HUI)
現任教於香港城市大學創意媒體學院。於香港大學和倫敦的金匠學院學習計算機工程和哲學,並在法國哲學家貝爾納‧斯蒂格勒(1952-2020)的指導下完成哲學博士論文;其後在德國呂訥堡大學(Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)取得了哲學教授資格(Habilitation)。他先後任教於金匠學院、呂訥堡大學、包豪斯大學(Bauhaus Universität Weimar)、莫斯科Strelka Institute、中國美術學院(博士生導師),曾任巴黎蓬皮杜中心創新研究所的博士後研究員以及柏林德國電信實驗室的客座科學家。為器道哲學與技術研究網絡(http://philosophyandtechnology.network/)的發起人。專著包括《論數碼物的存在》(明尼蘇達大學出版社,Bernard Stiegler作序,2016;上海人民出版社, 2019),《論中國的技術問題-宇宙技術初論》(Urbanomic/MIT,2016/2019 ),《遞歸與偶然》(R&LI, 2019 ; 華東師範大學出版社,2020)以及《藝術與宇宙技術》(明尼蘇達大學出版社, 2021; 華東師範大學出版社,2022)。

 

建議閱讀文獻|
〈斯蒂格勒與後歐洲哲學〉:
Bernard Stiegler, The Magic Skin; or, The Franco-European Accident of Philosophy after Jacques Derrida.
Edmund Husserl, Philosophy and the Crisis of European Man.
〈何謂亞洲?一個提問〉:
溝口雄三,作為「方法」的中國——以世界為「目的」的中國學。
Gilbert Simondon, Introduction of Individuation in Light of Notions of Form and Information.
〈機器與戰爭〉:
Henri Bergson, Mechanics and Mysticism.
為使同學能更深入理解演講主題,在系列演講前會針對三個題目分別舉辦實體讀書會,由導讀人黃建宏老師、李立鈞老師、王柏偉老師分別為同學們導讀建議閱讀文獻,詳情請見:https://fb.me/e/2fF1i3wMR

Symposium (28 November 2022): Multiple Futures of Art and Technology

Date: 28.11.2022

Time: 9.30 – 19.30 *Registration starts at 9.20

Venue: Miller Theater, Asia Society Hong Kong Center + online live streaming

Language: English

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScG-OIehQ2Hify_DnY-wkmNrlA-7sJMCinHoS1Zs9iN91hhNg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Globalisation has meant, historically, a process of neutralization through economic and technological means by conquering land, sea and air. The invention and proliferation of digital technologies in the second half of the 20th century has accelerated this process. Digital technology has become the most pervasive and ubiquitous medium now indispensable to everyday life. Both the state and capitalism demand and produce techno-social subjects – who are consumers, but not citizens. We recognize that technology is not neutral. It is a new regime of discipline and containment based on computation, which has brought us convenience as well as platform capitalism, enforced surveillance and mass data extraction.

As a way to counter this homogenization, we have to imagine a new form of globalisation, to imagine a techno-diversity or multiple cosmo-technics, by resolving the antinomy of the universality of technology. To include people in different localities to participate in the production and sharing of knowledge, and allowing them to actively appropriate technology instead of being reduced to mere consumers. This is essential to maintaining a local heterogeneity as well as politicizing the innovation and employment of technology, which allows us to resist against a homogenization assumed by capitalist logic and the technocratic.

To bring forward a new phase of globalization means going beyond the previous unilateral process of globalization and the technological dystopia accompanied with it. It requires rediscovering and inventing new configurations between cultures and technologies, tradition and modernism, east and west. It is a call that not only addresses politologists but scholars in art and humanities, as well as those in engineering and sciences. It demands a re-evaluation of the limits and potential of the current algorithmic culture and its algorithmic governmentality from new perspectives.

This Symposium invites scholars and artists to conceive such possibilities by reflecting on the conceptual and practical contributions from both the East and the West. We hope this will contribute in overcoming the universalist and homogeneous idea of technology, which impoverishes our capacity to think and act.

Speakers

Prof. Maurice Benayoun (Hong Kong/ France)
Dr. Primavera De Filippi (France)
Dr. Lev Manovich (U.S.)
Prof. Yuk Hui (Hong Kong)
Prof. Scott Lash (U.S./ U.K.)
Prof. Ronaldo Lemos (Brazil)
Prof. Hidetaka Ishida (Japan)
Dr. Charles Merewether (Australia)
Prof. Jeffrey Shaw (Hong Kong/Australia)

 

Organized by
Osage Art Foundation

Project Grant
Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme
HKSAR Government

Supported by
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

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Technophany special issue launch (15 December): Local Futures – Technophany, Launch Event

Local Futures – Technophany, Launch Event

Could Yuk Hui’s concept of cosmotechnics be a useful tool for thinking about the particularity of a Latin American technological thinking? Approaching the fragmentary possibilities of Latin American techniques, which are linked by a shared territory and history yet not unified by them, is a strategy for reevaluating the effects of technological imperialism. This process has, nevertheless, no intention of homogenizing languages, mythologies, religions, cultures, ontologies and technics themselves. We rather aim to direct ourselves towards futures, which from the viewpoint of inclusion, we haven’t been able to imagine yet.

In this event we’ll have a conversation around the question of a possible latinoamerican cosmotechnics with some of the authors of Technophany’s first special issue ‚Local Futures / Futuros Locales‘.

Date: Dec. 15th, 10:30 -12:30h (Mexico City) / 15 de Diciembre, 10:30 – 12:30, CDMX

Venue: Room E, Coordinación de Investigación, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, Mexico City

Speakers:


Online

Hugo Esquinca
Joel White
Renzo Filinich Orozco
Javier Blanco
Emma Baizabal

 

Present

Ana María Guzmán Olmos
Francisco Barrón
Alan Díaz
Eduardo Makoszay
Francisca Zalaquett

Book Talk (7 December 2022): The Technical Condition. The Entanglement of Technology, Culture, and Society

Wednesday, 7 December 2022
12pm CET / 7pm HKT

Online event: Register to join via Zoom

The Research Network for Philosophy and Technology presents:

Online book presentation of The Technical Condition.The Entanglement of Technology, Culture, and Society by Tsalling Swierstra, Pieter Lemmens, Tamar Sharon & Pieter Vermaas (eds.) (Boom 2022)

Program (time in CET format)

12.00h – 12.05h: introduction by dr. Pieter Lemmens

12.05h – 12.50h: presentation of the book by prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra

12.50h – 13.05h: response by dr. Steven Dorrestijn

13.05h – 13.20h: response by dr. Federica Lucivero

13.20h – 14.00h: questions and plenary discussion

 

Affiliations of presenters

Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Philosophy Department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Dr. Pieter Lemmens, Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Science in Society at the Faculty of Science

Dr. Steven Dorrestijn, Saxion Hogeschool, Enschede, the Netherlands

Dr. Federica Lucivero, Ethox Centre, Big Data Institute at the University of Oxford, UK

 

Description of the book

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, permeating virtually every dimension of our cultural, social and natural worlds. The Technical Condition, an accessible introduction to contemporary philosophy of technology, takes this entanglement of technology, culture and society as the starting point for philosophical and normative reflection. Is biotechnology forcing us to rethink fundamental concepts such as the natural and the artificial? How will governance by algorithms reshape our politics? Are we adapting our home environments to fit our smart appliances and voice assistants? Will a technology-driven Anthropocene presage the end of humanity? How can we evaluate new technologies if technology is also influencing our moral sense? Understanding these entanglements will help us to steer them in beneficial directions.

The Technical Condition convincingly demonstrates how technology, culture, and society affect each other in countless and unexpected ways, providing an impetus for philosophical reflection on one of the most important themes of our times. As such, it will appeal to students in the humanities, social sciences and engineering sciences.

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Lectures & Symposium (28th October – 16th December, 2022): Cybernetics for the 21st Century

Cybernetics for the 21st Century
Lectures and Symposium

 

Cybernetics is not only an ephemeral and contingent event in intellectual history, but rather it presents itself firstly as a new science of machines, which breaks away from the mechanism of the 17th century, that is also the reason for which Norbert Wiener in his 1948 Cybernetics: or the Control and Communication in Machine and Animals could claim that cybernetic machines can live a Bergsonian time, namely a biological, creative and irreversible time, in contradistinction to the Newtonian time, which is mechanical, repetitive and reversible; secondly, as a universal discipline, which is able to unify all other scientific disciplines, and later also disciplines of the social sciences, exemplified by the work of Niklas Luhmann, Heinz von Foerster, Maturana and Varela, later called the Second Order Cybernetics; thirdly as a philosophy, or more precisely the latest development of Western philosophy, that which led to Martin Heidegger’s claim that cybernetics marks the end or completion of Western philosophy and metaphysics.

Today we don’t often hear the term cybernetics in universities, and Heidegger’s assertion that cybernetics marks the end of philosophy may sound reactionary since philosophy departments continue to exist, but cybernetics is no longer in the syllabus of university disciplines. The truth is that cybernetics has already been absorbed in almost all engineering disciplines as well as subjects of art and humanities, notably art, media studies and philosophy of technology, and therefore it has realized what it has promised as a universal method; The significance of cybernetics remains to be questioned and taken far beyond what has been characterized as Californian Ideology and its reminiscence. McLuhan said in an interview in the 1970s that the launch of the Sputnik marks the end of nature and the beginning of ecology. With the later image of the whole earth taken from the satellite in the 1960s, the earth became a veritable artifice, or a spaceship in the sense of Buckminister Fuller. It was also at this turning point that the relation between human, nature, and technology entered a new epoch.

This new epoch is where we are living, and more than ever, we are living in an epoch of cybernetics, however, we still easily fall prey to a dichotomy of nature and culture without really understanding the significance and the limits of cybernetics. We, moderns, are alcoholics, who failed to get out of the positive feedback of progress, like what Nietzsche describes in the Gay Science, the pursuit of the infinite leads to the realization that nothing is more frightening than the infinite.  A new recursive epistemology in the sense of Gregory Bateson, which inherits cybernetic thinking while seeking to overcome its intoxication, is needed for the program of re-orientation. This new program can only set off from cybernetics and it can only survive by going beyond cybernetics.

This two years public research program of the Times Museum Media Lab titled “Cybernetics for the 21st Century” aims to firstly reconstruct the history of cybernetics, from the perspectives of different geographical locations, political projects and philosophical reflections; and secondly to ask what might be the contribution of the cybernetic movement to the new form of thinking that is urgently needed to understand and reorient our digital earth. The first edition of the program consists of eight lectures and two symposiums with the presentation of philosophers, historians of science, and sociologists, including Andrew Pickering, Katherine Hayles, Brunella Antomarini, Slava Gerovitch, David Maulén de los Reyes, Michal Krzykawski, Mathieu Triclot, Daisuke Harashima. The program is hosted by Yuk Hui and curated by Jianru Wu.

 

Host:  Media Lab of Guangdong Times Museum, Research Network for Philosophy and Technology

Co-Organizer: Hanart Forum

The launch of the program is made possible by the support of M Art Foundation

Supported Networks: Research Center for Science and Human Imagination, Southern University of Science and Technology; CUHK (Shen Zhen) University Arts Centre; Shenzhen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Society (AIRS)

Supported Media: thepaper.cn, The Thinker, LEAP

Supported by Guangdong Times Museum

Special thanks to Times China

 

Time: October 28th – December 16th, 2022

Lectures will be screening on Lecture Series | Medialab


 

Speakers and Lectures

October 28th
Andrew Pickering

Andrew Pickering is now Professor Emeritus of sociology and philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. He has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and universities including MIT, Princeton, and Durham. He is a leading figure in science and technology studies and has published widely on the history, sociology and philosophy of science, technology and mathematics. His writings have been translated into many languages, including Chinese translations of his books Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics, Science as Practice and Culture and The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency and Science. His most recent book is The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future. He is now working on cybernetic relations with nature and cybernetic art.

Lecture: Cybernetics in Britain

 

November 4th
Slava Gerovitch

Slava Gerovitch teaches history of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds two PhDs: one in philosophy of science (from the Institute for the History of Natural Sciences and Technology in Moscow) and one in history and social study of science and technology (from MIT’s Science, Technology and Society Program). He has written extensively on the history of Soviet mathematics, cybernetics, cosmonautics, and computing. He is the author of From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics (MIT, 2002), which won an honorable mention for the Vucinich Book Prize for an outstanding monograph in Russian studies, Voices of the Soviet Space Program: Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR into Space (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity (University of Pittsburgh, 2015), the winner of the Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award and a finalist for the Historia Nova Prize for the best book on Russian intellectual and cultural history.

Lecture: Cybernetics Across Cultures: The Localization of the Universal

 

November 11th
Michal Krzykawski

Michał Krzykawski, Associate Professor in philosophy and head of the Centre for Critical Technology Studies at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. His research revolves around continental philosophy of science and technology, critical theory, and political economy. He is particularly interested in a dialogue between philosophical thinking, technology and science in the context of epistemological, psychosocial, and ecological issues related to the current digital transformation. He is the author of  The Other and the Common. Thirty-Five Years of French Philosophy (2017, in Polish) and co-author of Bifurcate. ‘There Is no Alternative,’ edited by Bernard Stiegler with the Internation Collective (2021).

Lecture: Cybernetics and Communism: Cybernetic Thinking in the Polish People’s Republic

November 18th
David Maulén de los Reyes

David Maulén de los Reyes teaches history of technology at the Metropolitan Technological University (UTEM). He has written about the relationships between art, science, and technology in Chile and Latin America within the processes of social change, developing a specific methodology of the sociology of symbolic production for the retrospective study of project disciplines such as design, architecture, urban planning, and engineering. He has been the curator of the third Biennial of the National Museum of Fine Arts MNBA “Situation of Chilean Contemporary Art;” the project for the new Gabriela Mistral cultural center, visualization of information “Genealogical Trajectories of Buildings for the 3rd United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD III,” and the IFA project “Everyone is a Bauhaus. Past and future of a concept,” at ZKM. He has contributed to the platform “Is Modernity Our Antiquity?” XII Documenta in Kassel. He was co-editor of the special issue on Cybernetics in Latin America published by Springer’s AI & Society Journal, research that he has continued developing.

Lecture: Why Did Cybernetics Disappear in Latin America? An Incomplete Timeline

 

November 25th
Brunella Antomarini

Brunella Antomarini teaches Aesthetics and Contemporary philosophy at John Cabot University, Rome. She lives in Rome and has a pluri-disciplinary education in contemporary epistemology, aesthetics, anthropology, and post-humanism. Her current research concerns the analysis of the common functions of the organic body and the retroactive machine through an epistemological convergence of different views, such as pragmatism, cybernetics, and systems theory. Among her recent publications: Le macchine nubili (Castelvecchi, Rome, 2020). “The Xenobots as Thought-Experiment: Teleology Within the Paradigm of Natural Selection,” (Studi di Estetica No. 23, 2/2022) “Contact in Absentia: Toward a Cybertouch,” (The Covid Spectrum. Theoretical and Experiential Reflections from India and Beyond, 2021). Peirce and Cybernetics: Retroduction, Error and Auto-Poiesis in Future Thinking. (“Cognitio”, São Paulo, 2017). The Maiden Machine: Philosophy in the Age of the Unborn Woman (Edgewise, New York, 2013); Thinking Through Error. The Moving Target of Knowledge (Lexington Books Lanham, 2012).

Lecture: Leibniz’ Teleology, or A Pre-history of Cybernetics

 

December 2nd
Mathieu Triclot

Mathieu Triclot teaches philosophy at the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France. His research belongs to the French tradition of “philosophy of technical milieux” (Simondon, Beaune, Stiegler). His first book Le moment cybernétique focused on the history of American cybernetics and the invention of the notion of information. Since the publication of Philosophie des jeux vidéo, he has participated in the development of game studies in the French-speaking world, notably by defending the perspective of play studies, centered on the phenomenological analysis of the regimes of experience with the computing machine. He has participated in numerous research projects in the field and is now focusing on the problems of a “techno-aesthetic” and the analogies between games and music or dance, focusing in particular on the relationship between gesture, computer program and image. More recently, his research focuses on the role that the notion of “technical milieux” can play in the context of design and the reform of engineering training.

Lecture: Cybernetics for the 21st Century? Or Ontology and Politics of Information in the First Cybernetics

 

December 9th
Daisuke Harashima

Daisuke Harashima is a research associate of Future Robotics Organization at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan). He writes and teaches on humanities and technics in contemporary information societies from the perspective of fundamental informatics and new cybernetics, which focuses on the differences between living beings and machines as systems, to reflect on the modern technological condition and to realize new values based on respect for life. His writings are published in books, including Critical Words: Media Theory (Filmart, 2021; co-authored, in Japanese), Autonomy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Reconstructing the Basic Concept for the Future [AI jidai no jiritsusei: Mirai no ishizue to naru gainen wo saikouchiku suru] (Keiso Shobo, 2019; co-authored, in Japanese), Frontiers of Fundamental Informatics: Can Artificial Intelligence Have Its Umwelt? [kiso jouhogaku no furonteia: jinkou chinou ha jibun no sekai wo ikirareruka?] (University of Tokyo Press, 2018; co-authored, in Japanese), and in journals including Gendai Shiso and Eureka. He is also the translator of Yuk Hui’s Recursivity and Contingency [Saikisei to Guzensei] (Seidosha, 2022; in Japanese) and Tim Ingold’s Being Alive [Ikiteirukoto: Ugoku, Shiru, Kijutsusuru] (Sayusha, 2021; co-translated, in Japanese).

Lecture: Life-in-formation: Cybernetics of Heart (Cybernetics for the 21st Century)

 

December 16th
Katherine Hayles

Katherine Hayles, Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles and the James B. Duke Professor of Literature Emerita at Duke University, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has published eleven books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and her research has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship at Bellagio, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a University of California Presidential Award, among other awards. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory in 1998-99 for How We Became Posthuman:  Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, and the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Writing Machines.   She writes on media theory, experimental fiction, literary and cultural theory, science fiction, and contemporary American fiction.  She has won two teaching awards, and has held visiting appointments at Princeton, University of Chicago as the Critical Inquiry Visiting Professor, and Institute for Advanced Studies at Durham University UK, among others.  Her most recent book is Postprint:  Books and Becoming C’omputational (2021, Columbia UP).

Lecture: Detoxifying Cybernetics:  From Homeostasis to Autopoiesis and Beyond

 

December (time and topics to be announced)
Symposium: Cybernetics for the 21st Century

 


 


About Media Lab

Initiated in 2019 and officially established in December 2021, the Media Lab of Guangdong Times Museum is dedicated to contemplating and exploring the languages and traditions of art from the perspective of media and technology in an era of accelerated technological development. It aims to deliver a new vision of art and technology by experimenting with the ways in which digital media build new social relationships and foster cultural imagination through rehearsals and speculations.

技術與哲學研究網絡

About Research Network for Philosophy and Technology

The Research Network for Philosophy and Technology was established in 2014 as a project to rethink the relation between philosophy and technology, and the future of this relation from global and historical perspectives. It is first of all an attempt to address the varieties of technological thought, in comparison with and also beyond the dominant Promethean discourses. It also wants to elaborate on and develop further the relevance between non-modern thoughts and modern technologies. These questions are often undermined and ignored in the established academic disciplines on technology and philosophy; this is also the reason for which this network hopes to bring together different points of views and new thinking, based on solid historical research, philosophical speculations and experiments.


About M Art Foundation

M Art Foundation (MAF) is an artist-driven organization founded to support, nurture, and realize the aspirations of leading and emerging contemporary artists pursuing concepts and practices across borders and boundaries. Acting outside of existing institutional formats but maintaining the highest quality and rigor, MAF helps artist find new possibilities in both research and production by matchmaking constellations of cutting-edge positions. We turn ideas into realities.

 

Symposium & Book Launch (22 Oct 2022): Art and Cosmotechnics – Symposium and Book Launch of Art and Cosmotechnics (Shanghai: East China Normal University Press, 2022)

主题

艺术与宇宙技术——许煜《艺术与宇宙技术》中文版在线发布暨主题论坛

  主办

国际艺术评论奖(IAAC)
复旦大学艺术哲学研究中心

  协办
华东师范大学出版社·六点图书

 时间
2022年10月22日(周六)
9:45-17:30

  参会方式
腾讯会议: 841 466 800
“复旦大学哲学学院”B站直播

论坛议程

上午
9:30-9:45

主持:孙斌(复旦大学哲学学院)
致辞:袁新(复旦大学哲学学院)
倪为国(六点图书)

9:45-10:45

引言:许煜(香港城市大学)

10:45—12:00

评论与回应(一)(每位学者发言20分钟):
夏可君(中国人民大学文学院)
魏明德(复旦大学哲学学院)
何乏笔(台湾中央研究院)

下午
13:30-15:30

主持:王球(复旦大学哲学学院)
评论与回应(二)(每位学者发言20分钟):
才清华(复旦大学哲学学院)
吕明烜(中国政法大学哲学系)
孙斌(复旦大学哲学学院)
吴怡(复旦大学哲学学院)

15:30—17:30

主持:鲁明军(复旦大学哲学学院)
评论与回应(三)(每位学者发言20分钟):
王球(复旦大学哲学学院)
韩晓强(西南政法大学新闻传播学院)
苏子滢(《艺术与宇宙技术》译者)
李丹(艺术家)

论坛简介
哲学与艺术在人工智能时代有何作为?在《递归与偶然》一书中,香港城市大学许煜教授以“递归”和 “偶然”两个概念来阅读从康德到控制论的哲学史,回应海德格尔所声称的控制论标志着西方哲学的终结。在新著《艺术与宇宙技术》中,他通过分析和比较西方悲剧逻辑、中国山水逻辑以及控制论逻辑的递归性,借以回应哲学终结之后,艺术有何所为?本书关照艺术经验与审美思维的多样性,并且在一个技术时代的观念局面中,重新开启了哲学与艺术的思想关联,对于当下人们反思技术、哲学与技术的关系,提供了极富创造力与原创力的回答。值此《艺术与宇宙技术》中文版出版之际,我们特别邀请了来自国内各大高校和研究机构的十余位学者、艺术家,就此书提出的观点及其所关涉的艺术哲学问题展开进一步的思考和讨论。本次论坛系第八届国际艺术评奖(IAAC8)系列论坛之一。
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Seminar Series (September 2022 – July 2023): Reconsidering the Biosphere and the Technosphere in the Entropocene Entropies, Economies, Ecologies, Technologies

Organization : Anne Alombert (Université Paris 8, Laboratoire d’études et de recherches sur les logiques contemporaines de la philosophie), Chiara Giaccardi and Mauro Magatti (Universita Cattolica Milano, Centre for the Anthropology of Religion and Cultural Change), Gaël Giraud (Georgetown University, Environmental Justice Program), Michał Krzykawski (University of Silesia in Katowice, Centre for Critical Technology Studies), Yuk Hui (City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media), Mark Swilling (Stellenbosch University, Sustainability Institute), Daniel Ross.

Contacts : anne.alombert@univ-paris8.fr / michal.krzykawski@us.edu.pl

 

The Anthropocene is a new geological epoch in which human disturbances are having an impact, not only on the biosphere, but on the whole Earth, understood as a complex system (Hamilton 2014; Hamilton, Grinevald 2015). Confronted with the Anthropocene, modern humans, who have through their exosomatic (and now hyper-industrial) activities transformed and harmed the biosphere, are certainly no longer “masters and possessors of nature” as famously described by Descartes: on the contrary, it is now the technosphere itself, as a planetary network of technical systems, that seems to occupy the driver’s seat, and on many interrelated scales.

In Bifurcate: “There is No Alternative”, a book edited by philosopher Bernard Stiegler with the Internation Collective (2021), it is claimed that the Anthropocene can be termed an Entropocene, as it corresponds to increasing rates of entropy production in all its forms: thermodynamic entropy (the degradation of energy), biological entropy (the reduction of biodiversity), informational entropy (the reduction of knowledge to information, the incalculable to the calculable, which incidentally gives rise to negative effects that can themselves be defined as psychic and social entropies). Departing from the opposition between technological humankind and nature, Stiegler’s diagnosis encourages us to reconsider the relationship between various phenomena found in the technosphere: on the one hand, the depletion of resources, the destruction of ecosystems and the reduction of biodiversity under the effect of extractivist capitalism based on the exploitation of fossil fuels; on the other hand, the disruption of institutions, the destruction of cultures and the reduction of noodiversity under the effect of computational capitalism based on the exploitation of data.

In such a context, the challenges of achieving ecological and technological transitions can no longer be addressed separately. Instead, a transversal approach to these overlapping phenomena is required: different modes of understanding must be brought together, beyond the rift between “hard” and “soft” sciences, in order to bring the question of entropy into focus in the context of the Anthropocene-cum-Entropocene. Since the beginning of the 20th century, “that eminently abstract concept of entropy” has proved to be problematic and posed many theoretical difficulties: from thermodynamics in physics, as well as in biology, information theory and economics, and up to complex systems science, a series of misunderstandings seems to have shaped the interpretation and understanding of this concept. Given our current situation, an interscientific understanding of entropy should be adopted, aiming at a reconsideration of its meaning and significance, not only from a thermodynamic viewpoint grounded in physics, but also in relation to perspectives emerging from ecology, theoretical biology, anthropology, technology, sociology, economics and political theory.

 

This seminar series seeks to encourage an interscientific debate on entropy with the aim of :

  1. shedding new light on the underlying epistemic issues related to the interpretation of this concept,
  2. offering a transdisciplinary understanding of the multidimensional ecological
  3. opening new perspectives for the future of/in the “entropocenic”

 

PROVISIONAL PROGRAM
 

The seminar will take place online one’s a month at 4 pm (CET).

. 20 September 2022 – Contributory Economy in the Entropocene
Anne Alombert and Michal Krzykawski

. 10 October 2022 – Entropy, Anti-entropy and the Living
Giuseppe Longo

. 22 November 2022 – Supersociety and Social Generativity
– Chiara Giaccardi an Mauro Magatti

. 20 December 2023 – Challenges of Ecological Economics : Towards a Sustainable Growth ?
– Mario Giampietro and Robert Ayres (to be confirmed)

. 24 January 2023 – Flow economy and economy of the commons in the Age of Sustainability
– Gaël Giraud and Mark Swilling

. 21 February 2023 – Carbon and Silicon. Reframing the Technosphere and the Noosphere
– Dan Ross and Pieter Lemmens

. 21 March 2023 – Energetic Transition : Matter and Energy Flows in the Anthropocene
Olivier Vidal and Marina Fisher-Kovalski

. 18 April 2023 – Entropy and Information in Cybernetics and AI
Yuk Hui and David Bates

. 23 May 2023 – Economics as a « Cyborg Science » : Neoclassical Economy and Cybernetics
Philip Mirowski (to be confirmed)

. 20 June 2023 – Towards « Sustainable Selves » : Libidinal Energy and Psychic Entropy
Morten Nissen and Gerald Moore

. 11 July 2023 – Towards a Pharmacological Critique of the Capitalocene
Paolo Vignola et Sara Baranzoni

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Dialogues in Philosophy and Technology Research Seminar IX(1 November 2022) Alexander R. Galloway: A Brief History of Digital Philosophy in 10 Expressions

Dialogues on Philosophy and Technology Research Seminar IX

A Brief History of Digital Philosophy in 10 Expressions

Alexander R. Galloway
In dialogue with Yuk Hui

Tuesday, 1 November 2022
8pm-10pm HKT / 8am-10am EST

 

Online Event: Register to join via Zoom
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1Nn0Hw9t8

 

What does it mean to speak of “digital philosophy”? While often appealing to physics or computer science more than philosophy proper, digital philosophers are those who claim that the world is discrete at its most fundamental level. (The moniker “digital physics” is also sometimes used as a synonym.) Digital philosophers furnish evidence for their claim by appealing to the natural world—in, for example, the discrete spin states of subatomic particles, or the encoding capacities of DNA. Yet in this talk, we will approach digital philosophy not as a thesis about nature but as a specific decision within the act of doing philosophy. We will explore this decision through a series of simple mathemes–10 of them –including some alternative formulas that have refused or otherwise departed from the long history of digital philosophy.

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. He is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books on digital media and critical theory, including Uncomputable: Play and Politics in the Long Digital Age (Verso, 2021).

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Call for Papers: Computational Creativity – special issue of Technophany, Edited by Anna Longo

COMPUTATIONAL CREATIVITY

Guest Editor: Anna Longo

 

Artistic creation and aesthetic evaluation are traditionally considered as faculties that differentiate human thinking from machine operations. However, recent developments in computer science and artificial intelligence seem to have challenged the assumption that machines are  incapable of expressing creative behaviours.

Recent advancements in AI and machine learning have led to the production of systems that exhibit creative behaviour: they are able to find unpredictable, original and valuable solutions to given problems. These programs have been successfully applied to produce images, pieces of music and texts that are appealing for humans and that are uneasily distinguished from artworks created by human artists. Software used for generating music, artistic images, literature and poetry computationally, has motivated a research field called Computational Creativity. This multidisciplinary enquiry aims to model, simulate or replicate human creativity by using computers. It seeks to understand the cognitive mechanism that allows humans to introduce unexpected and valuable innovations to artificially generate outputs comparable to them. Important results have been obtained to support the thesis that machines can be creative. Moreover, research in Computational Creativity is concerned with analysing the criteria of  human appreciation in terms of patterns in order to program systems that are capable of evaluating cultural products. For example, algorithms are now used to efficiently rank movies, musical pieces and images, appearing to recognize features that make these works valuable.

Research on Computational Creativity is, therefore, providing a better understanding of the processes of learning that allow humans to evolve their knowledge and practices in a surprising and unpredictable way, but they also seem to dismiss the idea that humans can actually think outside a computationally reproducible procedure. To this regard, we can consider philosophers like Heidegger, Deleuze or Lyotard who refuse to include artistic creation in the set of technologically produced novelties: art is the result of an activity that testifies the thinker’s freedom from the learning procedure suitable for obtaining pragmatically valuable patterns of information. Hence, Computational Creativity seems to contradict the philosophical assumption that artistic creation is a form of resistance against the control that operates through information technologies or a practice that reveals the excess of thinking over scientific reasoning.

Can we accept that machines are creative not only like human agents confronted with daily problem solving but also like artists? Are computers able to determine the aesthetic value of cultural products to create digital objects that assume to produce the same cognitive responses that are occasioned by human artists’ artworks? Can we think of a reconciliation of philosophical aesthetics and computational creativity? Or do we have to rethink the very notion of aesthetic knowledge?

This issue aims to explore Computational Creativity by analysing its machinic productions, but also the way in which contemporary human artists employ algorithmic and AI in their own works. Moreover, it invites us to rethink the notion of aesthetics by accepting the challenge that Computational Creativity poses to traditional anthropocentric views on artistic creation and evaluation.

 

Submissions:

We invite contributions in the form of academic articles from across disciplines. The average required length of a contribution is 5,000 words (bibliography and foot notes excluded), accompanied by an abstract. Interested contributors please send 300–500-word abstracts and a short 100-word biography to the editor (computational.creativity.issue@gmail.com) before December 30th 2022. As for the house style of formatting, please follow the Technophany submission guidelines, where a word template for articles can be found: http://journal.philosophyandtechnology.network/submission-guidelines/

 

Abstract due 30 December 2022

Abstract acceptance 1 February 2023

First draft chapters due 1 October 2023

publication May 2024

 

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Publication of the latest edition of Theology and Technology, Volume 1 (ed. Carl Mitcham, Jim Grote, Levi Checketts, 2022)

Originally published nearly forty years ago as a spiritual successor to Carl Mitcham and Robert Mackey’s Philosophy and Technology,the essays collected in the two volumes of Theology and Technology span an array of theological attitudes and perspectives providing sufficient material for careful reflection and engagement. The first volume offers five general attitudes toward technology based off of H. Richard Niebuhr’s five ideal types in Christ and Culture. The second volume includes biblical, historical, and modern theological engagements with the place of technology in the Christian life. This ecumenical collection ranges from authors who enthusiastically support technological development to those cynical of technique and engages the Christian tradition from the church fathers to recent theologians like Bernard Lonergan and Jacques Ellul. Taken together, these essays, some reproductions of earlier work and others original for this project, provide any student of theology a fitting entrée into considering the place of technology in the realm of the sacred.

more information on the publisher website.

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Call for Papers: Entropies – special issue of Technophany, Edited by Joel White and Gerald Moore

Entropies

Editors: Joel White and Gerald Moore

Scope and Invitation for Contributions:

Many of the world’s current politico-ecological crises derive from a generalised anthropogenic acceleration in the rate of terrestrial entropization, what Bernard Stiegler calls the Entropocene. Global warming originates from an increase in the entropic combustion of fossil fuels (Rifkin, Stiegler, New Daggett); the global decrease in biodiversity correlates to an increase in entropic statistical disorder at the level of species interactions (Montévil); and information overloading (Wellmon), caused by the proliferation of information technologies, has increased the amount of informational entropy, resulting in the rise of misinformation, disinformation, uncertainty and conspiracy theories (Floridi). In light of these crises, critical reflection regarding entropy’s theoretical and practical significance has become necessary. Technophany invites contributions to this special issue on all conceptions of entropy be they classical thermodynamic, statistical mechanical, informational, biological, economic, noetic or otherwise with the aim of opening reflection as wide as possible regarding this problematic concept  (in the Kantian sense). If we are to respond successfully to the Entropocene, which could only ever mean slowing down the production of entropy and never negating it, then this reflection must also be free from axiological prejudice, taking into account entropy’s often-paradoxical but necessary status as the dissipative condition of possibility of many of the systems that life depends on.

Coined by Rudolf Clausius in 1865, classical thermodynamic entropy not only quantifies how much internal energy has been transformed into work through the equalization of system temperatures (Joules per Kelvin), but it also describes an as-yet unviolated physical law. As Thomson and Helmholtz stated, the irreversible nature of thermodynamic entropy entails unavoidable cosmological consequences where energetic systems, including living, cognitive, technical and social systems, will finally come to an eternal stand still (“heat death”). Early philosophical reflections by thinkers such as Nietzsche, Engels and Bergson often dealt with these more metaphysical questions. And these demand again our attention. For if we are to truly understand the Entropocene, then we must seek to grasp the reality of entropy’s inevitable meanings no matter how unpalatable. Indeed, while, epistemologically, Boltzmann’s statistical mechanics changed thermodynamic entropy’s juridical status—thermodynamic entropy could now be explained by the probable microscopic distribution of particle velocities—Boltzmann was under no illusion that the universal increase in entropy could, in practice, be violated, nor that it should be. It was Boltzmann, after all, that first proposed entropy as a principle of biological adaptation stating that the struggle for existence was itself a struggle for entropy (a notion furthered by Lotka and Odum). And the same could be said of informational entropy, as developed by Claude Shannon in 1948. Even though informational entropy does not explicitly measure energy dissipation but the certainty of one event following another given what is known about the information content of a particular source, it also measures complexity and noise. And similar to thermodynamic entropy, noise and complexity instead of being purely destructive often function as the condition of evolutionary change.

As well as proposing the notion of the Entropocene, Stiegler offers the hypothesis that the conceptual consequences of entropy have yet to be integrated into philosophy. Akin to Isabelle Stengers and Ilya Prigogine’s arguments from Order out of Chaos, this amounts to arguing that philosophy remains stuck in an 18th century Newtonian framework where entropy is absent. The consequence is that philosophy remains conceptually ill-equipped to deal with the pressing issues of the Entropocene. The articles collected will, therefore, be of a broad nature, reflective of entropy’s conceptual plurality and import. The aim is also not to determine what entropy is—whether quantitively or qualitatively—but to consider how this equivocal concept—that is at once the condition of possibility and impossibility of the systems we depend on—problematises our relation to fundamental phenomena such as life and death on earth, climate change, technology, time, chance, information and noise, thought itself and the cosmos at large.

 

Submissions:

We invite contributions in the form of academic articles from across disciplines. The average required length of a contribution is 6,000 words, accompanied by a abstract. Interested contributors please send 300–500-word abstracts and a short 100-word biography to the editors (entropiestechnophany@gmail.com) before October 30th 2022. As for the house style of formatting, please follow the Technophany submission guidelines, where a word template for articles can be found: http://journal.philosophyandtechnology.network/submission-guidelines/

 

Timeline:

Abstracts due – 30th October, 2022

First draft chapters due – 15th March, 2023

Publication – Fall 2023

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Lecture: (5 August 2022): Bernard Stiegler Memorial Lecture 2022

Bernard Stiegler Memorial Lecture 2022
Carl Mitcham
Political Philosophy of Technology: After Leo Strauss

Opening by Gao Shiming, President of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
Moderator and respondent: Yuk Hui

Fri, 5 August 2022
8pm-10pm HKT / 6am-8am MST
Online Event: Register to join via Zoom
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As the philosophy of engineering and technology emerged since the mid-20th century it has increasingly focused on ethics and social issues, with healthy doses of conceptual, epistemological, and ontological analyses. Less prominent in both analytic and phenomenological schools are questions of political philosophy. This talk will query possibilities for political philosophy of technology of a distinctive sort, drawing on the thought of Leo Strauss, one of the more consequential if controversial political philosophers of the 20th century. The aim is not so much to expand the extensive body of literature explicating, interpreting, and debating Strauss’s subtly seductive corpus as to be stimulated by selective aspects, without too many worries about whether my readings are completely faithful to his intentions. The hypothesis is that Strauss can help us catch sight of something otherwise missing in philosophical discourse on engineering and technology.

Carl Mitcham is a philosopher of engineering and technology, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Colorado School of Mines and Visiting International Professor of Philosophy of Technology at Renmin University of China. Mitcham’s work focuses on the philosophy and ethics of science, technology, and engineering.

Mitcham’s publications include Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (with Robert Frodeman and Julie Thompson Klein, 2010), Ethics and Science: An Introduction (with Adam Briggle, 2012), and Steps Toward a Philosophy of Engineering: Historico-Philosophical and Critical Essays (2020). He was a founding member of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (1976), and served as a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994-2000). Awards include the Abbot Payson Usher Prize of the Society for the History of Technology (1973), International World Technology Network (WTN) award for Ethics (2006), and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universitat Internacional Valenciana, Spain (2010).

Mitcham is also a member of the advisory board of the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology.

About the event

The Bernard Stiegler Memorial Lecture was initiated in 2021 by the Research Network for Philosophy and Technology, exactly one year following the passing of the renowned French philosopher. Organised annually in collaboration with the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where Stiegler was a visiting professor from 2015 to 2019, the event aims to invite a different scholar each year to present a lecture commemorating his work and legacy.

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