Human Entities: Culture in the age of semi-autonomous machines

Organized by CADA in partnership with Lisbon Triennale, Human Entities is a series of talks focused on technological change and its impacts – the ways technology and culture shape and influence each other. The talks will take place at the Sinel de Cordes Palace (Campo de Santa Clara, 144).

By 2050, 75 per cent of humanity will be urban. Meanwhile our mobile phones, wearable sensors and the connected homes and cities that we inhabit are all collecting data on an oceanic scale. Networked computation is becoming ubiquitous and, as billions of things come online, the boundaries between humans and machines are fast becoming blurred. As new technologies increasingly work in relationship to others, not only does the data between them proliferate but its sheer scale and the complexity of our entanglement with our environment point to a radically new relationship with the world.
How do we imagine daily life shaped by an increasingly dense infosphere? How do we imagine sharing everyday life with semi-autonomous machines?

Inspired and spooked by such transformative times, CADA hopes to make some of the assumptions behind these technologies comprehensible and concrete.

13 April
Talk 1: Adam Greenfield (US)
Another City Is Possible: Practices of the Minimum Viable Utopia.

27 April
Talk 2:  Alice Benessia (IT) + Sara M. Watson (US)
The imaginaries of the Internet of Things and their inherent contradictions, by Alessia Benessia.
Liquid Data: The Power of Seductive Metaphors, by Sara M. Watson

4 May
Talk 3: !Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH)
Artist talk: !Mediengruppe Bitnik – project Random Darknet Shopper

The entrance is free but prior registration is needed. More info:
The three talks will be held in English.