On Algorithm
Talk | 6:30pm - 8:30pm, 02 September, 2017
Join us this Saturday, 02 Sep from 18.30 for drinks and from 19.00-20.30 for a conversation

between Elisabeth Wehling http://www.elisabethwehling.com/, a cognitive scientist, political strategist and author committed to language, thought and ideology research and to fostering transparent democratic discourse working in the U.S. and Europe,

blow_hot_and_cold artist Damjanski (DSG collective) http://damjanski.com/,

artist and researcher Sascha Pohflepp http://pohflepp.net/Statement, who has been working with machine learning algorithms,

as well as a representative of AlgorithmWatch https://algorithmwatch.org/, a non-profit initiative to evaluate and shed light on algorithmic decision making processes that have a social relevance.

As part of the FACT ≠ TRUTH series

How do we face reality in a so called post-factual and post-truth world?

The strangeness of recent social and political upheavals has been enough to provoke the question as to whether 2016 witnessed the demise of ‘factual’ reasoning: ‘Post-factual’ was the word of the year according to the Society for German Language (Wiesbaden, DE); ‘Post-Truth’ the word of the year according to the Oxford Dictionary (GB). These two terms seem alike enough to be interchangeable, but might fact and truth have different implications?

It appears that the ways in which facts are produced has changed with the increasing influence of information technologies. Perhaps the question one should ask is how to distinguish between real and virtual facts?-

Questions of what is right, what is wrong, what is good, and what is evil are increasingly outsourced and mediated by algorithms. The threat of losing critical independence in a world where meaning is collapsed into quantification is real. Under these circumstances, what parameters should be used to identify truth, and deception, and what architectures/platforms are these parameters capable of building? Further, how can prominent existing platforms be objective tools? Can any one platform have every relevant parameter built in?

FACT ≠ TRUTH, an exhibition and event series that attempts to untangle the problem. Organised by Anja Henckel and Marietta Auras