Lorraine Daston: "Mechanical Calculation and the History of Intelligence"
- Date: –15:00
- Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
- Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
- Contact person: H. Otto Sibum
Office for History of Science Seminar
Lorraine Daston, Max Plank Institute of History of Science, Berlin, and SCAS, Uppsala: "Mechanical Calculation and the History of Intelligence"
The original algorithms – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – have for centuries been the foremost example of both self-evidence (2+2=4) and also mental drudgery. With the rise of Big Calculation by machines in the early twentieth century, the nature of algorithms changed – and so did the kind of intelligence needed to use them.