Informatics Seminar Series
Winter Quarter 2023
Friday, January 13, 2023
“The End of Computing”CREATE Distinguished Lecture
Professor Emeritus, Department of Informatics
I discuss three broad rubrics for tracking the history and future of computing.
First, I explore computing and nature – analyzing several attempts to naturalize the computer.
Second, I look at computing and time, arguing that we (humans) are moving into uncharted ontological territory.
Third, I examine classification and computing.
I conclude with grounds for optimism.
Geoffrey C. Bowker is Emeritus Donald Bren Chair at the School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California at Irvine. Together with Leigh Star he wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent books are Memory Practices in the Sciences and (with Stefan Timmermans, Adele Clarke and Ellen Balka) the edited collection: Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star. He is currently working on time and computing under the rubric ‘life at the femtosecond’.