Machines now exist whose operation has become too complex even for their designers to fully understand. The term ‘black box’ is used to describe such inscrutable systems — meteorological models, stock markets, artificial intelligence — that shape our everyday lives and seem to be practically impossible to explain in simple terms.

This course explores the interconnected problems of conceptualising and visualising technological complexity and provides a theoretical framework and practical experiments to engage with these problems. Students are invited to break these black boxes, to speculate about the political and social biases that they conceal, and to resist the idea that humankind is inevitably entering a new ‘dark age’ brought on by ignorance of the functioning of new technologies.

Prof. James Langdon (Communication Design Dept.)
Prof. Dr. Matteo Pasquinelli (Media Theory Dept.)
Type of course: Basisjahr

Course assistant/HiWi: Marco Kempf

Tuesdays 10:00-13:00 / Room: 216.
Wednesdays 10:00-13:00 / Room: 216.
Fortnightly, 14-täglich!  First class: 30 October 2018.