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Tickets will be made available April 15 around 5pm. A link will be posted here and on the Perth Philosophy Circle website.

Perth Philosophy Circle presents:
Public Philosophy: Technological Possibilities and the Promise of Utopia
A 6 part, monthly, public lecture series.

PART 2: "The Allure of an Algorithmic Future"

Max Weber [speaks about] the ‘romanticism of numbers’, [whereby,] as the habit grew, only numbers [are] counted– Lewis Mumford.

In this presentation, I will reflect on today’s experience of the present, defined by numbers, graphs, and, increasingly, an algorithmically defined future, which, I claim, robs us of an active role in defining that future for ourselves. The future, as determined algorithmically, thus becomes a “technological problem”, and we forgo the ‘freedom’ to make our own decisions by accepting that we can predict the future based on our past consumer selections. In other words, our present and future become calculable as the amalgamation of everything according to mathematical and formal reasoning, a process that began with the rise of modern science.
I want to trace this genealogy, and to reflect on the call by Elan Mastai, to realise that we must question our “outmoded dreams” to face up to them, in order to make us “free to imagine something … else”. As Marc Elsberg suggests, “[i]n this brave new world of ours, possibilities and chances are sacrificed to probability…because [our] future is assessed on the basis of [our] past’.” We must revisit old concepts and think through this ‘algorithmically defined future’. Why do we accept dangerous notions such as ‘the end of history’, the end of ideology’, ‘the end of theory’, and ‘the end of utopias’? Finally, I want to ask: Why – in the name of efficiency and a comfortable life, defined by the speed that social media and internet provide us with – are we renouncing the imagination of “new futures”.

Presented by Associate Professor Ľubica Učník

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We live in a world of rapid technological development. New technological instruments have changed our everyday lives in countless ways, while technological thinking has transformed the world in which we live. Advancements in technology allow us to save time and offer us many conveniences, but they have also contributed to some of our most pressing current social issues, such as global warming, mass surveillance and big data. What is the meaning of technology though? Is technology simply instrumental? What does it mean to think technologically and how does this way of thinking play out in our social and political spheres?

Being confronted with large social and political issues today, we often see technology as a saving grace, but can it offer solutions to the problems we face? In this series of lectures, we hope to raise questions about what technology is, and how it shapes our visions of the future. Will technology allow us to realise a better future or, as some have suggested, is it leading us into a “new dark age”?

In this series of lectures, we hope to open up a space of dialogue in order to engage with the way technology is shaping our modern world. Throughout we will discuss the possibility of seeing our shared future differently. Each lecture will last roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour and will be followed by questions and conversation.

We invite you to join us for a night of ideas, discussion and drinks as we ask what it means to be human in the modern world.
No knowledge of philosophy is required; everyone is welcome to attend.
Free to attend. All refreshments and food are available for purchase from The Moon Café.

For more info including lecture slides and suggested readings: https://perthphilosophycircle.com/

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