Katherine Hayles: Are Sensing Technologies Cognitive? Making the Case

Mai 25, 2018, 6.00 pm

Event — The First ZeM-Spring Lecture at the University of Potsdam
As programmable and networked computers move into the world with increasingly complex sensing systems, traditional questions about machine intelligence cease to be very useful to understand and conceptualize these developments. This talk will focus on cognition rather than intelligence and will compare the perspectives of biosemiotics on sign systems in biological organisms with the sensing capabilities of artificial cognitive systems. The issue is not simply terminological but rather illuminates what is at stake in designing and implementing sensing networks, especially in understanding the relation of such systems to the cognitions of their human designers and users.

Katherine Hayles:
Literary Critic, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Duke University. Focused on the Relationship between Literature, Science and Technology. Author of the Books »How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis« or »How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics«.


University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 8, 14467 Potsdam


Marie-Luise Angerer and Bernd Bösel