It’s the first Critical Media Lab salon talk of 2016, and it features English department alumna and faculty member Ashley Kelly, as well as artist Bernie Rohde. Join us at the Critical Media Lab at the Department of English Language and Literature’s English@Gaukel space (44 Gaukel Street in Kitchener) on Thursday January 28th at 5:30pm. See below for abstracts.
Hacker-Scientists, Hackerspaces, and Innovative Instructional Practices in STEM Education
Ashley Rose Kelly, University of Waterloo
Brad Mehlenbacher, North Carolina State University
Do-it-yourself biology, biohacking, and other kinds of hacker-scientists have been increasingly engaged in scientific experimentation, research, and education. These hacker-scientists challenge deeply-embedded notions of experts, expertise, learning and learning environments. Our research into these spaces investigates how hacker-scientists develop community-oriented pedagogical practices. Hackerspaces frequently embody what educational researchers mean when we talk about “wall-less” or “distributed” classrooms. Hackerspaces don’t presume co-location and sequestering of learners and their activities; hackerspaces also acknowledge multiple forms of expertise rather than centralized instructor expertise. In this talk we will explore these themes.
AFTER 50 YEARS OF COMPUTER STUPIDITY…
A teenage science-fiction geek from the ’60’s wants to know – what ever happened to ‘thinking machines’ ?
Here we are “In the Year 2016” and all we got are programmable stage props, razzle-dazzle as usual, Deus ex Machina. If AI really was going to help the human race, ‘artificial’ shouldn’t mean that it’s fake.
If intelligence needs two real hemispheres, and if engineering builds only the left-brain, where does imagination and freedom come from ? In this presentation, Bernie Rohde, now an artist in computer technology, shares a maker’s-eye view of what could be done – Machina ex Deo – and why it might matter.