Limited places. Open to all, but two separated Online Registrations are required (CRASSH and Music).
Deadline to Register subject to places being available.
For CRASSH: Monday 10 June 2019
For Music: Friday 24 May 2019
All the registration fees for attendees and presenters include lunch, tea/coffee, refreshments and conference material
- Click 'Register Online' for the events at CRASSH. Registration is now open.
Fees at CRASSH for two days (26 and 27 June):
£50.00 (full fee)
- To Register for the third day of the conference at the Faculty of Music, click here
Fees at Music Faculty for one day (28 June):
- 26 and 27 June: Conference Room SG1, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge.
- 28 June: Recital Room, Faculty of Music, 11 West Road, Cambridge.
A joint conference by the 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network (CRASSH) and the AI & Society Journal
A concept that has been at the fore of discussions around the sociology of scientific knowledge, the limits of AI, and most recently the design of ‘collective intelligence’, is ‘tacit knowledge’. First coming to prominence in the 1960’s, with Polanyi’s The Tacit Dimension (1966), it is a concept that continues to be addressed by scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives, and applied fields of practice. This conference explores the place of the tacit in the 21st Century, where our lives are increasingly augmented by AI algorithms.
Engagement with and through social media networks and mobile apps are re-shaping the notion of community and family, and affecting wellbeing, as well as the cultures of the workplace and institutions. The exponential rise of big data flows in networked communications causes vast gaps in translation, confusion about what is true and false, and mistrust of ‘experts’. In the shadows of machine thinking we are unable to engage with difference.
This challenges us to come up with technological futures rooted in us as persons, not as numbers, parts, sensory mechanisms, genes, and individual bodies.
- What alternative models might allow humans to better engage with technology?
- How can we reconsider the relation between a person and a collective intelligence?
- How can we reconceive the self as interaction in a digital age?
Ideas of performance and reperformance help us reposition seemingly singular subjects and objects as collective phenomena, and help reconnect art and science after their separation in the 19th Century; but the arts in general can play a key role in questioning and reframing our understandings by directing attention to the tacit assumptions, norms, and expectations embedded in all cultural processes.
There is a supposed neutrality around technology, evidenced in the idea that human ‘intelligence’ can, in the absence of ‘person’, be artificially re-presented, re-constructed and re-produced through computation (AI). The conference explores in what ways the interplay of the arts and sciences is reconceiving augmentation, and questions what an ‘intelligence’ that is ‘artificial’ might be.
CRASSH and the Faculty of Music are delighted to facilitate the Hungarian division of the Polanyi Society in promoting Polanyian perspectives in a special workshop, which will be offered as a parallel event to the main conference on the afternoon of 28th June. On this third day at the Faculty of Music we will discuss the intersections of art, science, technology, and society, and there will be a special workshop by the Polanyi Society presenting papers covering a range of his work.
For further information please contact: Satinder Gill
Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange or book accommodation for participants but these are some useful websites:
Confirmed Speakers include:
Victoria Vesna (UCLA USA, Art and Science)
Louise Amoore (Leeds UK, Ethics and Algorithms)
Peter Brodner (Siegen Germany, Human-Centred Technology)
Caroline Nevejan (Amsterdam Holland, Witnessed Presence)
Harry Collins (Cardiff UK, Sociology of Science)
Ian Cross (Cambridge UK, Music and Science)
Kathleen Richardson (Leicester de Montfort UK, Ethics and Robotics)
Walter Gulick (Montana State University Billings USA, Aesthetics and Epistemology)
Stephen Cave (Cambridge UK, Narratives and AI)
Sha Xin-Wei (Arizona State University USA, Responsive Media)
Charles Lowney (Hollins USA, Polanyi and AI)
Jin Hyun-Kim (Humboldt Germany, Music and Technology)
Mihály Heder (Budapest Hungary, Philosophy and AI)
David Good (Cambridge UK, Interdisciplinary Design )
Dietrich Brandt (Aachen Germany, Technology and Society)
Hatice Gunes (Cambridge UK, Social Robotics)
Marlene Wynants (Crosstalks Belgium, Art and Society)
Clare Foster (CRASSH UK, 'Re-' Interdisciplinary Network)
Day 1 - Wednesday 26 June 2019
Welcome and Introduction
Satinder Gill (Music, Re-Network, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Victoria Vesna (Art|Sci UCLA, USA)
'How can collective intelligence orchestrate tacit knowledge of different kinds?'
Chair: Ian Cross (Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge)
'Engagements Across a Multiplicity of Millenial Identities'
'The Subjectless Shared Experiences of Lookalike Audiences'
'If I Cannot Move Heaven, I Will Raise Hell'
'Behavioural Science on Digital Public Space'
Respondent and Chair: Satinder Gill (Music, Re-Network, University of Cambridge)
'The Life Between us: Variations in the Medium of Exchange and Their Impact on the Formation of Self'
'Music and the Human Communication Toolkit'
Chair: Caroline Nevejan (University of Amsterdam)
'The Expressivity of Virtual Selves'
'Strengthening the Networked Music Performance Experience with Machine-Learning'
'Personal Meanings Versus Robotic Behaviours'
'The Vacuous Identity in the Digital Realm'
'Our Self and World Enhanced by Music’s Mediating Relations'
'Internet of Bodies: Exploring the Future Human and Collective Engagement Scenarios'
Day 2 - Thursday 27 June
Chair: David Smith (University of South Wales)
'Intelligence as Ideology: Its History and Future'
'The Future of the Human Mind: Biotechnical Hybridization?
'Enlightenment – the Past, the Present, and Our Futures'
'Tensions for Skilled Workers Co-Acting with Complex Multi-Agent Systems'
Chair: Stephen Cave (CFI, University of Cambridge)
''The Premises of the ‘Singularity’ Hypothesis''
'Intelligence & the Elements of Causal Reasoning'
'Al and the De-Socialisation of Learning'
'Hybrid Intelligence: Forming Boundary Objects Between Practitioner’s Knowledges and the Mathematics of Computation'
'Dementia as a Collective Informant'
Chair: Louise Amoore (Durham University)
'Towards the Epistemic Transparency of Algorithms'
'How the Body Solves Problems: Martial Arts, Tacit Knowing and AI'
'Music, Thought and Intuitive Technology'
'Building Boundless, Reasonable Machines'
Chair: David Good
'Algorithms and the Inattributable'
Refresh Break – Hold the thoughts
Chair: Caroline Nevejan
'The Poetics of Platforms: On Audio-Visual and Algorithmic Containment'
Andy Williams (Nobeah Foundation) – Maximizing human and environmental well-being with collectively conscious technology
Hendawy Menatulla (TU Berlin/Ain Shams University Egypt) – Tacit engagement and mediatisation of urban planning over time globally and in Egypt
Cat Watts (University of Cambridge) - Griefers and gatekeepers: re-evaluating realtime gaming in the 21st Century
Hox Zodiac Dinner for Speakers
Day 3 - Friday 28 June at The Faculty of Music
Registration from 9.15am