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Humanist Archives: Feb. 26, 2021, 9:32 a.m. Humanist 34.239 - events: Lighthill's report & AI; a lunch series; humans and machines

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 239.
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    [1]    From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000@HOTMAIL.COM>
           Subject: Virtual Event: Why Did a Former UCL Provost Think Research in AI Should be Stopped? (51)

    [2]    From: Thorsten Ries <>
           Subject: DHLunch@GS Spring Sessions Program - next event:Nico Schüler (Texas State University, US) (55)

    [3]    From: Helm, Paula <>
           Subject: Conference "On Humans and Machines" (59)

        Date: 2021-02-25 16:21:19+00:00
        From: Jon Agar <jonagar2000@HOTMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Virtual Event: Why Did a Former UCL Provost Think Research in AI Should be Stopped?

UCL Lunch Hour Lecture

Virtual Event: Why Did a Former UCL Provost Think Research in AI Should
be Stopped?

16 March 2021, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Free, public lecture, registration via Eventbrite below

About the Lecture:

James Lighthill, Provost of UCL between 1979 and 1989, was the author of
a highly influential report to government on artificial intelligence
(AI), one which questioned what AI was and what it could achieve. Its
impact was profound. It was the cause, say some, of the first 'AI
winter' of the 1970s. In this Lunchtime Lecture I will present my
discoveries made in the Lighthill papers held in UCL Special Collections
and the National Archives at Kew, that reveal the reasons for this
intervention. Given the resurgent importance of AI, we can learn from
the past fortunes of the subject. Lighthill was one of the leading
mathematicians of the 20th century. His work nevertheless was highly
engaging, asking questions such as 'how do fish swim?' and 'how do birds
fly?'. His answers led him to firm convictions about what makes good
science policy, not least concerning how science might pay close
attention to the world's problems. I will explore the resonances between
Lighthills approach and our recent return to grand challenges and a
problem-oriented industrial strategy for science.

About the Speaker
Jon Agar
Professor and Co-Head of Department at Science and Technology Studies at UCL

Jon Agar is a Professor and Co-Head of Department at STS (Science and
Technology Studies). He is a historian of modern science and technology,
and is the author of books such as The Government Machine: a
Revolutionary History of the Computer (MIT Press, 2003), Constant Touch:
a Global History of the Mobile Phone (Icon, second edition, 2013), and
Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Polity, 2012). He is also
the author/editor of two recent UCL Press books, Histories of
Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain (co-edited with Jacob
Ward, 2018) and Science Policy under Thatcher (2019). In 2016 he was the
recipient of the Royal Societys Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture.

Organiser Sanaa Al-Busaidy

Registration via Eventbrite:

Book now

        Date: 2021-02-25 11:46:56+00:00
        From: Thorsten Ries <>
        Subject: DHLunch@GS Spring Sessions Program - next event:Nico Schüler (Texas State University, US)

Dear Humanist subscribers,

The Department of Germanic Studies at UT Austin continues its online DH
events series /DHLunch@GS/ (program and registration here:

The Spring 2021 Sessions have started Feb 8, next up Mar 8, 1-2pm CST is
Nico Schüler (Texas State University, US) with his talk /Analyzing
Expressiveness in Music Performances of Bach and Blues./

The event is free to join via Zoom, everybody welcome!

Spring 2021 Sessions

Feb 8, 1-2pm – Gunther Martens, Lore De Greve (Ghent University, Belgium)
Sentiment Analysis of Online Literary Criticism: From Annotating to Text Mining the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis Online Backchannel 
[Past event]

Feb 22, 1-2pm – Leif Weatherby (New York University, US)
On the Concept of Redundancy: Shannon, Bateson, and the Digital Sign
[Past event]

Mar 8, 1-2pm – Nico Schüler (Texas State University, US)
Analyzing Expressiveness in Music Performances of Bach and Blues

Mar 29, 1-2pm – Julia Nantke, Sandra Bläß, Marie Flüh (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Machine-learning-enabled Exploration of 36,000 Letters in a Digital Scholarly Edition

Apr 12, 1-2pm – Berenike Herrmann (University of Basel, Switzerland / NN), Jana Lüdtke (FU Berlin, Germany) 
Computational Sentiment Analysis of Fiction: Mining Emotion in German Children's and Youth Literature

Apr 19, 1-2pm - James Baker, Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex, UK)
Digital Humanities, Where Do We Go From Here? - A Conversation 

All the best,

Thorsten Ries

Thorsten Ries
Department of Germanic Studies
2505 University Ave, C3300
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1802, USA.
Email: / Phone: +1 512 426 1287
Twitter: @riesthorsten / Website:

        Date: 2021-02-25 09:31:26+00:00
        From: Helm, Paula <>
        Subject: Conference "On Humans and Machines"


Annual conference of the research cluster digitale_kultur at the
University of Hagen and the Emmy Noether Research Group (DFG): \u201cThe
Phenomenon of Interaction in Human-Machine Interaction (MMI)\u201d.

The workshop looks at qualitative innovations of current human-machine
interactions from an interdisciplinary perspective. Philosophical,
cultural-, social- and educational approaches as well as perspectives of
the technology developers are being discussed.

The focus lies on the social and cultural implications of new MMI.
Starting point are current discussions about the limits and potentials
of the information paradigm. In the face of current technological
developments, it is up to debate whether new forms of MMI can still be
described exhaustively by the information paradigm or whether different
description modes are needed. As alternative starting points the
workshop discusses positions from the fields of postphenomenology,
critical code studies and infrastructure research. To what extent are
these lines of theory informative for understanding new developments in
the field of human-technology relations? And how can such approaches
inform new formats of empirical research in the field of digital methods
and vice versa?

Keynotes speaker
Peter Paul Verbeek (Twente)
Stefania Milan (Amsterdam)

Selin Gerlek
Paula Helm

Further information on registration and program on our blog:

Book of Abstract:

Selin Gerlek
Sarah Kissler
Thorben Mmecke
Dennis Mbus
Johanna Seifert

Best regards, Paula Helm.

Dr. Paula Helm
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
Department for Society, Culture and Technical Change (SCRATCH)
Eberhard Karls Universitt Tbingen
Wilhelmstr. 19
72074 Tbingen

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