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St Aidan's College

 St Aidan's College

Welcome to St Aidan's College

St Aidan’s was designed by Sir Basil Spence, the renowned architect who was responsible for Coventry Cathedral, making us one of the most architecturally interesting Colleges. We're one of the larger colleges with approximately 1000 members, of whom about 750 are undergraduates. We pride ourselves on being friendly and unassuming, encouraging our students to develop themselves as fully as possible, as well as helping others. We are so privileged at St Aidan’s to have beautiful views over the ancient and majestic city of Durham. Situated at the top of Windmill Hill, the view of Durham Cathedral from our gardens is by far the best in the city and is a constant reminder of the history and tradition that we are part of.

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IAS and St Aidan’s College Fellows' Public Lecture: Improbable Futures: Automation and Imagination

9th March 2020, 17:30 to 18:30, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Dr Laura Forlano, IAS Fellow

This talk introduces a critical approach to studying and designing futures by foregrounding the improbability of the many claims about emerging technologies — and, in particular, automated and algorithmic systems — as we experience them in everyday life. In contrast to the modernist project of prediction and control by nearly perfect machines, this talk argues that emerging technologies, like fallible humans, should be understood through their flaws and failures, gaps and glitches, seams and symptoms, errors and omissions, bugs and biases, and, importantly, the implications of these breakdowns on larger complex socio-technical systems. By integrating a deeper understanding of the myriad of ways in which emerging technologies malfunction — whether these are technical, social, cultural, political, economic or environmental failures — it is possible to destabilize the claims around these technologies for the purpose of re-imagining our future more than human worlds in line with the inventive turn. Through participation and becoming, it is possible to go beyond hybrid, situated knowledges and practices that move from the experiment (in the scientific sense) to the experimental (in the artistic sense), from optimization to imagination, from prediction to possibility, and from persuasion to speculation

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