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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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
17:37 – The Many Definitions of Cybernetics
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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