UK Cybernetics Society 50th anniversary conference – 22 September

50th Anniversary Conference

The Conference will be held on Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Council Room, King’s College, 152-170 Strand, London WC2R 1ES


9.30     Registration

10.00 The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened up the Cold War World Dr. Egle Rindzeviciute, Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology, Kingston University London, and author of the book with the same title.

10.45 Sketches of Another Future: Cybernetics in Britain, 1940-2000” Prof. Andrew Pickering, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, and author of “The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future”.

11.30 Break

11.45 When Science Becomes Engineering in a Non-linear World Prof Peter Cochrane OBE, Professor of Sentient Systems, University of Suffolk, former Head of Research at BT, and author of “Uncommon Sense: Out-of-the-Box Thinking for an In-the-Box World”

12.30 Systems Practice: How to Act in Situations of Uncertainty and Complexity in a Climate-Change World Ray Ison, Professor of Systems, Open University, and author of the book of the same title.

1.15 Lunch at Aldwych Cafe, Starbucks, Pret a Manger etc

2.30 Radically Constructing Ethics Dr Ben Sweeting, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton and researcher in cybernetics and systems thinking amongst designers.

3.15 Making Systems Ethical: The Ethical Regulator Theorem” Mick Ashby, Archivist of the W. Ross Ashby Digital Archive, an AI language developer and researcher in the cybernetics of ethics.

4.00 Break

4.15 Producing Desirable Social Systems” Prof. Raul Espejo, President of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, an academician of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences, and Past Professor of Systems and Cybernetics at the University of Lincoln.

5.00 Be Careful What You Wish For: The Internet of Unintended Consequences Wendy M. Grossman, Technology Journalist and author or editor of several books including Net.wars.

5.45 Break

6.00 Cybernetics and the Control of Complex Human Systems Jeffrey Johnson, Professor of Complexity Science and Design, Open University, and Vice-president of the UNESCO UniTwin Complex Systems Digital Campus.

6.45 Panel question and answer session for any speaker.

Finish at 7.15 to be followed by dinner at 7.30pm at Salieri’s Restaurant, Strand.

Cybernetics Society members, staff, students and alumni of King’s College are admitted free of charge. Non-members may apply to join at the conference. The membership fee for the three months to the end of the year is £5. The student membership fee for the three months is £2.50. Application forms will be made available on the day. If you are considering attending please email so that we can estimate numbers. If you are contemplating joining us for dinner, please let us know for restaurant booking.

Further information on the Society and an application form is available on our website here.

Please put the date in your diary now.

See more including speaker profiles and abstracts in source: The Cybernetics Society