Thinking Together

Automated Temporalities

Thinking Together – Workshop

Thinking Together

Thinking Together

  • The workshop will be in English

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If the clock embodied the rationalist view of mechanical thinking, where knowledge is reflected in the clocklike mechanisms of matter, the XXth century efforts of mathematical logic established an algorithmic function, a meta-mathematical axiomatics, abstracted from physical temporalities. With the invention of the Turing Machine, time was not simply disentangled from physical causes, but more importantly, algorithmic functions made time programmable. Since Turing Machines are future-oriented models of thinking, they are above all predictability machines. My talk on Sunday will address this algorithmic function of predictability in relation to the incompleteness of the axiomatic method, whereby undecidable propositions reveal that the future cannot be deduced from a priori truths. With the development of interactive, asynchronous and distributive computing, computational thinking no longer can be described in terms of closed systems of axioms and deductive rules. As computational theorists remind us, axioms modified, rules amended and truths have become experimental (Chaitin, Crutchfield). But whilst computational thinking has become bound to evolutionary temporalities, this talk contends that the distinction between formal and physical computation is not simply to be overcome, but is in need to be explained. How is formal time embedded in real time?

This workshop will continue this discussion and focus on the development of neural nets computations and machine learning AI, on how the computational tasks of communicating, sharing, and coordinating data have become governed by asymmetric modes of predictabilities (from the sub-millisecond speeds of algorithmic interactions in HFT to the distributive processing of clusters computers). Whilst the temporal complexity of computation seems to have accelerated the conflicts between formal and physical time, the workshop will explore how the future-oriented automation of thinking implies that abstract time is implicit within physical temporalities. The scope is to discuss how to construct a general temporality for future-oriented thinking through and with the temporalities of machines.

Registration for the workshop is kindly requested:

“Thinking Together”
consists of two parts:
SAT 12 & SUN 13 March, 12:00–18:00
Conference “Time and the Digital Universe”
MON 14 to FRI 18 March, 10:00–18:00
Workshops, seminars, projects
Registration for the work groups is kindly requested:

Curated by Berno Odo Polzer

“Thinking Together” – the discourse format is dedicated to exploring the phenomenon of time in its socio-political, philosophical and artistic dimensions. Consisting of lectures, workshops, public talks and experimental settings, the project provides time and space to reflect current time-related issues together with international guests from the fields of philosophy, political and social science, cultural studies, computer and neuroscience as well as music, dance, performance and visual art.

The opening conference under the title “Time and the Digital Universe” investigates new forms of digital time, their structures and ramifications, followed by a host of different projects between 14 and 18 March. Amongst the topics are current politico-philosophical imaginations of temporality, non-linear concepts of time, the notion of rhythm as an analytical tool, as well as the differing time practices of the arts, philosophy and science.

Hosted by Luciana Parisi