Lecture: "The Cybernetic Revolution: A History of Computers and Political Change in Chile"
Thu, January 17, 2013 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • UTA 5.522
Eden Medina, Indiana University, details the history of a computer system known as Project Cybersyn, a computer network built during the 1970s as part of Chile's peaceful road to socialism during the government of Salvador Allende. Cybersyn was designed to introduce, reflect, and uphold Chilean ideas of democratic socialism. The lecture will explore this relationship of technology and politics and discuss how technologies, such as computer systems, can help us understand moments of political, economic, and social upheaval. It makes an arguments for why we need to broaden the geography of where we study technological innovation and how studies of technology can help us understand history.
Eden Medina is Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing and Director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is also a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the area of engineering education. Medina's work bridges the history of technology and the history of Latin America and asks how studies of technology can enrich our understanding of broader historical processes. Her book Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011) received the 2012 Edelstein Prize for outstanding book in the history of technology and the 2012 Computer History Museum Prize for outstanding book in the history of computing.
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