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Public Lecture: “Neural ‘Freedoms’: Population, Choice, and Machine Learning”

March 31, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join Duke’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory (CISSCT) for Orit Halpern’s upcoming talk, Neural ‘Freedoms’: Population, Choice, and Machine Learning. The event will take place in the East Duke Pink Parlor on Friday, March 31st from 3:30-5:00 pm.

This talk interrogates the history of models of decision making and agency in machine learning, neo-liberal economic thought, and finance in order to interrogate how reactionary politics, population, and technology are being reformulated in our present. While the relationship between the Right, post-truth, suggestion algorithms, and social media has long been documented, rarely has there been extensive investigation of how ideas of choice and freedom become recast in a manner amenable to machine automation and to particular brands of post-1970s alt-Right discourses. An analysis of this history demonstrates a new logic within algorithmic and artificial intelligent rationalities that intersects with, but is also not merely a repetition of, earlier histories of eugenics, sexism, and racism. This situation provokes serious challenges to political action, but also to our theorization of histories of race and sex capitalism.  


March 31, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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