The Nature of Experiment: Intelligence, Life, and the Human

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Hagey Hall

HH 2107, HH 2104, HH1108

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

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The past year saw the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. We live in an age of breakthroughs in AI and bioengineering. It is time to think again about the human implications of experiment. Poets, engineers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and scientists all conduct experiments, and have done so for centuries. This conference gathers practitioners in various fields to reflect on what it means to “experiment.”

What are the new zones of experiment? How is social media feeding into new forms of “intelligence”? What are the philosophical grounds of experimentation? What are the ethics of experimentation?

Join WCGS for this one day interdisicplinary workshop. Topics include: Speculation and Theory in Experimentation; Ethical Questioning; Agency, Emotion, Performance

Speakers

  • Jocelyn Holland (Comparative Literature, Cal Tech) Experimental projections: Dimensionality and virtuality in the history of thought experiments

  • Michael Barnett-Cowan (Kinesiology, University of Waterloo) Using brains to study brains: What it means to “experiment”

  • John Savarese (English, University of Waterloo) Experimental, innovative, speculative: Enlightenment keywords in science and literature

  • Tilottama Rajan (English, Western University) The Laboratory of nature: Series and folds in Schelling’s “First Outline of a System of the Philosophy of Nature” (1799)

  • Doreen Fraser (Philosophy, University of Waterloo) The use of analogies to theorize about electrical experiments in the nineteenth century

  • Ben Thompson (Optometry and Vision Science,University of Waterloo) My experience leading a randomized clinical trial

  • Carla Fehr (Philosophy, University of Waterloo) For the love of dog: The ethical dimensions of canine cognition research

  • Vijay Ganesh (Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo) The promise and pitfalls of AI

  • Jesse Hoey (Computer Science, University of Waterloo) The science of artificial intelligence

  • Fraser Easton (English, University of Waterloo) Paralinguistic experiment, 1759-1798

  • Jason Lajoie (English, University of Waterloo) Experimentations through queer media making

Roundtable on The Nature of Experiment

  • Alice Kuzniar, Chair (German, University of Waterloo)

  • Joan Steigerwald (Humanities, York University)

  • Jasmin Habib (Political Science, University of Waterloo)

  • Igor Grossmann (Psychology, University of Waterloo)

  • Mark Hancock (Management Science, University of Waterloo)

For schedule and more information please visit our website: https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-german-studies/events/workshops/nature-experiment

This is a free event, but we do ask that you register.

Sponsored by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, and Department of English Language and Literature.

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Hagey Hall

HH 2107, HH 2104, HH1108

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Canada

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