Mark Duffield on 'Autonomous Weapons - Automatic Society'

8 February 2018, 6.00 PM - 8 February 2018, 7.30 PM

2D1 Priory Rd Complex

The GIC is hosting a guest lecture by Mark DuffieldEmertius Professor of International Security. 

The lecture is titled 'Autonomous Weapons - Automatic Society'.  


In this guest lecture, Mark Duffield asks what sort of society is it that makes self-acting weapons a possibility.  This question is considered in relation to the downgrading of politics in favour of the design principle, including the desire to reduce uncertainty through the widening application of processes of automatic adaptation and smart adjustment.  Rather than promote free circulation, however, an automatic society is constantly challenged by the unreliability of human behaviour.  Such untrustworthiness is explored through the spatial logic of the smart city.  Given the deepening crisis of global inequality and precarity, and a society that now finds fit to wage war on behavioural patterns, self-acting weapons appear normal, expected and even necessary.  



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