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Hennebach Lecture: Technical Knowledge in the Epoch of Digital Automation
October 23, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Boettcher Room 219
What constitutes “technological knowledge” in the epoch of industrial automation?In his talk, Yuk Hui questions technological knowledge and the understanding of machines as a form of fixed capital. Instead, as machines move away from factories and into smart phones, smart homes, smart cities, the environmentalization of fixed capital today characterizes new forms of governmentality and capital, as well as new relations between human and machine. In a talk that explores this new understanding of the machine, Hui uses the idea of “transindividuality” to understand human-machine relations.
Dr. Yuk Hui, who holds degrees in computer science and in philosophy, is currently a research associate in the project on “Techno-ecologies of Participation” at Leuphana University, Germany, and visiting professor at the China National Academy of Art, Hangzhou. He works closely with Bernard Stiegler, and publishes regularly on philosophy of technology and media. He comes to CSM after giving invited lectures at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz. He is the author of On the Existence of Digital Objects (2016) and The Question Concerning Technology in China: An Essay in Cosmotechnics (2016) and co-editor of 30 Years after Les Immatériaux: Art, Science and Theory (2015). He publishes regularly on philosophy of technology and media.