How did the computer learn to see? A philosophy lecture by Alexander R. Galloway

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy in association with the Scots Philosophical Association presents a series of special events by visiting scholars Alexander R. Galloway and Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback as part of The Dundee Centenary Fellowship Series. 

This event features a lecture by Alexander R. Galloway on How did the computer learn to see?

A common response is that the computer learned to see from cinema and photography, that is, from modernity’s most highly evolved technologies of vision. In this talk we will explore a different response to the question, that the computer learned to see not from photography or cinema but from music and sculpture. With reference to the work of contemporary artists, along with techniques for digital image compression, we will explore the uniquely computational way of seeing the world.

Alexander R. Galloway is a writer and computer programmer working on issues in philosophy, technology, and theories of mediation. Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, Galloway is author of several books, most recently a monograph on the work of François Laruelle.

All events are open to all and are free to attend. There is no need to book.

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