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Louise Amoore Lecture: Cloud Futures

Starts 07 June 2017 - 18:00
Finishes 07 June 2017 - 20:30
Venue B03, 43 Gordon Square
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The algorithmic architecture of cloud computing is becoming ever more closely intertwined with sovereign authority – from the sharing of intelligence data, to border controls, immigration decisions, and drone strikes. Developing an analogy with the aesthetics of the cloud chamber of early twentieth century particle physics, I explore the geopolitical capacities of the cloud in cloud computing. How does the cloud render perceptible that which could never be visible on a register of human vision? Like the cloud chambers of twentieth century particle physics, contemporary cloud computing is concerned with rendering perceptible and actionable that which would otherwise be beyond the threshold of knowable futures. Through the computational logics of machine learning and back propagation, the global present becomes governed by cloud reasoning on three distinct registers: condensing traces; discovering patterns; and archiving the future.

Professor Louise Amoore (Durham University) researches and teaches in the areas of global geopolitics and security. She has particular interests in how contemporary forms of data, analytics and risk management are changing the techniques of border control and security. Louise has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2016-18) for work on the Ethics of Algorithm.

With a response from Joel McKim (Director of Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, Birkbeck, University of London).

At the end of the talk there will be a drinks reception.

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