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Harry Kreisler: Conversations With History: Technology, Culture, and Political Change

August 8, 2011

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Series host Harry Kreisler interviews UC Berkeley’s Ken Goldberg, Craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media.


harry bio.jpgRecognizing the nerd in all of us, Guernica brings you Conversations with History, a video series of interviews with distinguished intellectuals conducted by creator and executive producer Harry Kreisler and produced by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

In this first installment, Kreisler welcomes Berkeley’s Ken Goldberg, Craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media. Starting with a discussion of robotics in surgery and cancer therapy, Goldberg then analyzes their application in disasters and on the battlefield. Describing several of his recent art projects, Goldberg discusses complementarities with his engineering research. Drawing on the work of Heidegger, Goldberg reflects on the philosophical implications of “telepresence.” The conversation then moves to a focus on military drones, Wiki-leaks, and the problem of bringing ethics to a world in which the rapid introduction of technology changes the nature of war, undermines secrecy, and challenges the legitimacy of the state.

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Harry Kreisler is also the Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues.

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