093: BOOK CLUB! Cybernetic Revolutionaries with Eden Medina

In this book club episode, we talk to Eden Medina: author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile about speaking as an expert, sociotechnical engineering, and of course, cybernetics.

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Astrid Countee | Jessica Kerr | Rein Henrichs

Guest Starring:

Eden Medina: @edenmedina | informatics.indiana.edu/edenm/

Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile (Print Version)

Show Notes:

01:57 – Eden’s Superpower: Being a Patient Learner

06:51 – Determining Your Ability/Eligibility to Speak as an Expert

08:55 – Electrical Engineering => Law => PhD Work

12:47 – The History of Cybernetics

15:51 – American vs British Cybernetics

The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future by Andrew Pickering  

Grey Walter’s Tortoises

17:37 – The Many Definitions of Cybernetics

The Cybernetics Moment: Or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History) by Ronald R. Kline

25:03 Project Cybersyn

45:56 – Sociotechnical Engineering

53:24 – Creating Ethically Sound Tools

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Astrid: The power dynamics that are already baked into our tools and the history of computing is global.

Jessica: Looking into second-order cybernetics.

Rein: The importance of learning about history, culture, and how people work as being necessary for a technical career.

Eden: Making connections throughout the show.

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