A Machine that Runs Without Us: Big Data and the New Technocracy


Raymond Building R2-045, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

This year, the Food for Thought Lecture Series is once again revisiting "BIG ideas", a theme that we looked at ten years ago! How have things changed? What progress, if any, has been made in various fields? Join us for what promises to be a very thought-provoking series. The series will be hosted by Professors Don Smith and Tim Geary.

In our final lecture for this year, we welcome Darin Barney, Associate Professor, Director Graduate Program in Communication Studies, Department of Art History & Communications Studies, McGill University. Darin Barney is Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University. He is the author of several books on technology and politics.

Are we too wired for our own good? Darin Barney’s area of interest is the meaning and possibility of politics under technological conditions, with a specific focus on the politics of infrastructure. How much information can “Big Brother” actually access?