For a general audience concerned with the role of technology in social interaction, Dr Pangaro will use performance techniques and everyday metaphor to convey how concepts from cybernetics can be powerful tools for shaping this role. In keeping with the theme of the CyberNET '88 Conference at the University of Victoria, this public lecture will focus with the following issues:
These latter notions need not sacrifice the goals of science or artificial intelligence; they merely focus attention on human-defined needs. In an era when human purposes can be instrumented and distributed to vast proportions, we risk the creation of telematic technologies within which human purpose is subordinated (witness “corporate culture”).
It is crucial to adopt a science such as cybernetics where purpose and relativism, and hence individuality and ethics, are central.
A framework for understanding how technology coordinates human activity, and hence facilitates (or, indeed, allows) for intelligent interaction, will be presented. The nature(s) of intelligence can be characterized, and guidance for technological design can be obtained.