A show featuring some of the most popular lectures, interviews, discussions, and talks that took place at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow over the years.
Meaningful Human Control over Intelligent Technologies. Filippo Santoni de Sio
The technology of AI & Robotics is getting more and more intelligent and autonomous. How do we keep control over it? In this episode, Filippo Santoni de Sio, Associate Professor in Philosophy at TU Delft, covers the following:
3:02 — The definition of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
5:35 — Old-school technologies vs the latest ones. What's the difference?
8:33 — Ways in which humans lose control over AI, starting with the power shift in favour of those who have access to all the data. Cambridge Analytica scandal flashback.
11:54 — We all fear losing a job to AI. Is technology capable of replacing us? Which jobs are to stay no matter what? Filippo suggests reading "The Rise of the Robots" by Martin Ford.
17:57 — Sorry, computer says NO. How is AI already making decisions for people? Accountability gap definition.
22:06 — As close as it gets to "The Terminator." Is technology physically harming us? Responsibility gap definition.
This lecture was recorded during Strelka 2020 Live, a series of our Public Program online events streamed on Strelka’s YouTube channel. Watch Filippo's video lecture: https://stre.lk/0n5i
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The Architecture of Design Business. Natasha Jen
Pentagram defines itself as "a multi-disciplinary, independently owned design studio". Founded in 1972 by five partners, it still remains an example of a successful non-vertical business structure allowing four generations of designers to work under one roof. In this episode, NY-based Pentagram partner Natasha Jen talks about the origins of this "designer's republic", the decision-making process with no CEO, and the examples of fellow studios with different structures.
Studios mentioned: Landor, Lippincott, Wolffolins, Pentagram, Superunion
People mentioned: Colin Forbes, Alan Fletcher, Mervyn Kurlansky, Theo Crosby, Kenneth Grange
Watch the rest of the lecture with some examples of Natasha's work within Pentagram: https://stre.lk/quyH
TTF Series: Nick Srnicek on Basic Income
Nick Srnicek is a Canadian writer, academic, lecturer in digital economy at King's College London, and The Terraforming expert at Strelka. He is the author of Platform Capitalism (Polity, 2016) and co-author of Inventing the Future (Verso, 2015 with Alex Williams). In this episode, Nick is interviewed by Valentin Diaconov, a Moscow-based curator and art critic. They sit down to talk about the future of work, wage labor, and the most successful experiments with basic income.
There is just one day left to join The Terraforming design research program! Find out more and apply: https://theterraforming.strelka.com
The Duo: a Survival Strategy for an Inhuman Age. Brendan McGetrick
How can you stay mentally healthy and emotionally stable in the age of a total lack of stability? What are the ways to remain open and curious in today’s media climate? Do you rely on yourself or on the collective that surrounds you? In this episode we share a lecture by Brendan McGetrick, an independent writer, curator, designer, and former studio director at Strelka, in which he suggests the collaboration of two (The Duo) as a survival strategy by giving examples of Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld, Jean-Paul Sartre & Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Gropius & Johannes Itten, and many more.
Watch the full lecture on Strelka’s YouTube channel: https://stre.lk/Wl9j
Why Public Space Matters. Setha M. Low
Setha M. Low, professor in environmental psychology and author of the bestselling Strelka Press book 'On The Plaza' studies how cultural, social, political, and economic relations shape public spaces. In this lecture, Setha talks about the methodologies that urban anthropologists use in their research (e.g. REAP — Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Procedure) and outlines the most common threats to public space such as securitization, surveillance, and the exclusion of particular groups of people.
This lecture took place at Strelka in 2019 as part of the international conference “Urban Inequalities vs. Urban Inclusion.” To watch the full lecture, visit Strelka’s YouTube channel: https://stre.lk/EfFb
Buy Setha’s book in Russian with international shipping: https://stre.lk/oCfE
TTF Series: Jussi Parikka on Geology of Media
What kind of cultural theory would be adequate for the age of climate disturbances, technological shifts, and large-scale infrastructures? In this episode, Jussi Parikka, a media theorist and author of 'Geology of Media', talks about the materiality of media, slow environmental violence, and the way to apply his theory to The Terraforming.
Design research program The Terraforming is a three-year (2020–2022) initiative of the Strelka Institute, directed by Benjamin H. Bratton. Each program cycle runs for 5 months and brings together a group of 30 interdisciplinary researchers in Moscow. Application period for the spring of 2021 is open till November 10, for more information visit our website: https://theterraforming.strelka.com