Community Event: Seattle Learning Club: The Cybernetic Brain

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Douglass-Truth Public Library
2300 E Yesler Way
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)
Community Event: Seattle Learning Club: The Cybernetic Brain @ Douglass-Truth Public Library | Seattle | US

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Sponsored by the Tech Workers Coalition

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“The fact is that our whole concept of control is naive, primitive and ridden with an almost retributive idea of causality. Control to most people (and what a reflection this is upon a sophisticated society!) is a crude process of coercion.”
Stafford Beer, Cybernetics and Management (1959, 21)

Can technology developed for capitalist ends be repurposed towards liberatory socialism? What is the role of technology in enabling new forms of politics? How much does theory matter in solving technological problems? Cyberneticist Stafford Beer confronted these issues while developing Project Cybersyn, a distributed production management system for the Chilean Socialist government of Salvador Allende in the early 1970’s. We will discuss an excerpt from The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future by Andrew Pickering, which covers these topics.