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Grossman, Technology Journalist and author or editor of several books including Net. Cybernetics Society members, staff, students and alumni of King's College are admitted free of charge.
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Please put the date in your diary now. Abstracts "The Power of Systems: Although the interest in the cultural and political histories of cybernetics is growing, the notion of scientific prediction, which is central to cybernetic control, is insufficiently examined.
However, this talk proposes that prediction is not a mere technical cog in the epistemology of the future, but a complex concept. It discusses Norbert Wiener's epistemology of cybernetic prediction, arguing that the cybernetic culture of prediction emphasizes the role of uncertainty and does not replace materiality with information.
Wiener's writings on cybernetic prediction, therefore, contain useful lessons for the future oriented practices in the broad fields of contemporary science, governance and politics. Cybernetics in Britain " My topic is the history of cybernetics, this strange science that grew up in the s and 50s, reached an apogee in the s- not coincidentally, the time of the counterculture- then disappeared into obscurity and which, more recently, has been making quite a comeback in the humanities and social sciences.
I describe why cybernetics interests me now, and gesture towards its political potential, which is much argued about. Developments in AI and robotics are very rapid and are accelerating.
The possibility of robots overtaking humans in capability is very real. Some very grand claims have been made about robots AI and our future. This talk describes and compares human evolution with robot development.
The cases of humanoid robots and driverless cars are briefly covered. The case of robot vision is addressed with a brief look at my own research in this field. In some fields the capability of technology far exceeds that of humans, in some aspects the technology has many years to go before it reaches that of humans.
Developments in control theory and communications seemed to have solved the challenges of robot capability exceeding that of humans, whilst the current capabilities of computation in software and hardware still lag far behind, but are catching up fast.
The technologies are exciting but will be disruptive. How to Act in Situations of Uncertainty and Complexity in a Climate-Change World" This talk shows how to do systems thinking and translate that thinking into praxis theory informed practical action. It may be of interest to those managing or governing in situations of complexity and uncertainty across all domains of professional and personal life.
The development of capabilities to think and act systemically is an urgent priority.
Humans are now a force of nature, affecting whole-earth dynamics including the earth's climate - we live in an Anthropocene or Capitalocene and are confronted by the emergence of a 'post-truth', 'big data' world. What we have developed, organisationally and institutionally, seems very fragile.
An imperative exists to recover whatever systemic sensibilities we still retain, to foster systems literacy and to invest in systems thinking in practice capability. This will be needed in future at personal, group, community, regional, national and international levels, all at the same time.
Our claims to knowledge are intertwined with the purposes that we pursue and with our relationships with others and the world. In this paper I locate this argument within ethical discourse itself, applying the formulations of radical constructivism given by cyberneticians such as Ernst von Glasersfeld, Ranulph Glanville and Heinz von Foerster to the epistemological questions that arise within meta-ethics, such as between ethical realism and subjectivism.
In doing so I differentiate cybernetics from seemingly similar positions where responsibility is taken as an ultimate value e. In this way, cybernetics may help formulate ethical considerations nested within ethical discourse itself.
The Ethical Regulator Theorem" The need for cybernetics to embody ethical values has been recognized and discussed by many cyberneticians, and could be referred to in the context of cybernetics as "The Ethics Problem". But to this day, second-order cybernetics has no formal repeatable process for designing systems that behave ethically, relying instead on the ad hoc skills of an ethically-motivated designer of a system to somehow specify a system that is hopefully ethical, which is not a satisfactory solution to a problem that so desperately needs to be solved.
But what if it were possible to specify a cybernetic system that can be used to make other systems ethical? Could that solve the ethics problem? An effective organisation increases its actors flexibility to deal with constraint and their capacity for effective action.
The focus of this contribution is on requirements to produce desirable social systems as an outcome of building up their complexity. I understand desirability in the ethical domain, and construct ethics in terms of producing non-pathological identities and structures, striving for fair relationships by sensing and correcting imbalances of variety in self-organising situations and assuring a maximum of social cohesion compatible with the most extensive political and economic freedom open to all.
The question arises as to whether it might be possible to intervene at the points of intersection among organisational actors and between them an agents in their environment to produce the desirable relationships proposed above.A Year Longitudinal Investigation of Strategy, Systems, and Environment on Innovation in Family Firms Justin B.
L. Craig and Ken Moores Family Business Review. Theory and Society. Download PDF. Theory and Society. January , Volume 2, Issue 1, pp – | Cite as. The Barrington Moore thesis and its critics. Authors; Authors and affiliations; Jonathan M. Wiener; Article. Moore has demonstrated that an analysis of changes in the structure of social classes is the most fruitful method by.
Join us for the first in the Chevening Explores series, where you will get the chance to explore what it’s like to be an academic.
Professor Melissa Leach (Director, Institute of Development Studies) will be talking about her life as an academic and you will have the chance to . Well written book on a very important topic. I found Friedberg's analysis and structure of the book easy to follow and comprehensive.
I particularly like the author's blend of background with analysis and forward-looking questioning. Citizenship for a Modern Democracy: Youth Perspectives on the Canadian Multicultural Reality By Erin Moores Analysis of the Ontario Grade 10 Civics course and interviews with citizenship theory is linked to critical theory .
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