Reception and Keynote: “Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change”
Audrey Watters, “Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change”
We like to tell stories about the transformational power of technology in education — that technology will change what we need to know, that it will change how we know, how we create knowledge. Often these stories are tinged with a certain urgency — technological change is occurring faster and faster, we’re told, and our institutions — among them schools and universities — can no longer keep up. (Often these stories come with a price tag — literally — told by those peddling various tech products that promise more speed, more efficiency.)
This talk will offer a counter-narrative to the panic about change, to the compulsion for speed. It will explore digital technologies as “memory machines,” not tools for more efficient learning instead but technologies for a longer-term, slower more contemplative remembering and forgetting. It will explore the (flawed) analogies of human and machine memory. It will ask us to think about the fragility of both of these “devices” — our brains and our computers — and caution against outsourcing our intellectual functions, on a personal and cultural level, to private companies and not public bodies.
When: Wednesday, July 13. Reception begins at 3pm; keynote at 3:30pm
Where: Schurman Market Square, McDougall Hall, UPEI campus
Open to public