Conferences

conferences

 

15 october 2009, Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt

Contemporary science and technology have made possible a temporality which though still based upon clock time, has exploded into countless different time fractions and speeds beyond human comprehension. Today we seem to live in several time zones at the same time, propelled by a variety of internal and external time mechanisms and innumerable rhythms which continuously vibrate, resonate,
connect, oscillate and disconnect. How to grasp the temporal complexity that surrounds and occupies us? What sort of ecologies of time and speed have we developed under the influence of new technologies and what is their impact on our body and senses? This
conference brings together a number of international thinkers who offer new perspectives on our contemporary experience of time and speed.

A day-long programme including lectures and presentations by a variation of experts, including contributions by Mike Crang, Dirk de Bruyn, Charlie Gere, Steve Goodman, Sybille Lammes, Carmen Leccardi, Stamatia Portanova, John Tomlinson.
In collaboration with the MA New Media & Digital Culture, Department of Media- and Culture Studies, Utrecht University

18 october 2009, MOIRA
De Zondagsschool / Things to come : The Singularity

If computers become smart enough to design themselves, they could design smarter computers, which in turn would design even smarter computers. An explosion of artificial intelligence would be the result, claims a growingly popular vision of the future. Is this revolution, with the enigmatic title “The Technological Singularity”, really around the corner? Or have movies like The Matrix fanned a fear of our own redundancy?
This image of the Technological Singularity is at the heart of an evening full of imagery and debate about our technological future.