Gödel, Wiener, Cybernetics and ghosts
Friday 28 November 2014
3:30 p.m - 5:00 p.m
20 rue Louise Weiss
Open to the public but limited seating
Reservations - firstname.lastname@example.org
Norbert Wiener, one of the greatest mathematiciens of the 20th century, is also the founder of Cybernetics, which investigated the social and human benefits and risks linked to the emergence of automation and computerisation. His archives, largely unpublished, revealed strange detective stories (among which A scientist reappears, a short story based on the murder of a scientist), in which Wiener develops his analyses and poses a fundamental question – How does one continues scientific research when it led to the atomic bomb?
This approach positions Cybernetics in the interval between science and fiction, and explores the ways in which its now familiar and problematic creatures, robots and cyborgs, shed light on its social and political underpinnings.
Pierre Cassou-Noguès, philosopher and professor at the University Paris 8, is the author of a number of essays which blend philosophy, literature and sciences including Les Démons de Gödel, Logique et folie, Mon zombie et moi, La philosophie comme fiction, La Mélodie du tic-tac and Les Rêves cybernétiques de Norbert Wiener.