This session will discuss the ramifications of contemporary computation and algorithmic culture for our understanding and construction of intelligence. We will discuss whether or not there is a mode of freedom possible in the domain of algorithmic thought itself, or whether human reasoning is functionally separable from that model of calculation. This has ramifications both on how we understand the "human" in algorithmic culture, and also how we consider intelligence, artificial or otherwise.
Ray Brassier is associate professor at AUB, and is author of Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. His research concerns inferentialism, and naturalized conceptions of rationality and the link between rationality and discursive practices.
Reza Negarestani is a philosopher. He has contributed extensively to journals and anthologies and lectured at numerous international universities and institutes. His current philosophical project is focused on rationalist universalism beginning with the evolution of the modern system of knowledge and advancing toward contemporary philosophies of rationalism, their procedures as well as their demands for special forms of human conduct.
Luciana Parisi is a Senior Lecturer and runs the MA program in Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University of London. Her research engages with science and philosophy, aesthetics and culture, technology and politics to investigate potential conditions for ontological and epistemological change. In 2004, she published Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire (Continuum Press), and in 2013, she published Contagious Architecture. Computation, Aesthetics and Space (MIT Press).