STS Talk: “Making Up Minds,” Ekaterina Babintseva

January 27, 2022 Add to Calendar

4:15–5:15 p.m.


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Vivien Hamilton


The Science, Technology & Society Program at the Claremont Colleges invites you to attend "Making Up Minds: Social Engineering, Psychology, and Computing in the Cold War," a talk by Ekaterina Babintseva, Hixon-Riggs Fellow at Harvey Mudd College.

Babintseva will discuss Soviet and American converging views on the mind as a crucial economic and political resource in the computer age. During the 1950s to 1970s, both sides of the Iron Curtain came to believe that social, economic, and political progress hinged on a strong and capable technoscientific workforce. To satisfy these two technocracies’ growing appetites for productive thinkers and efficient learners, researchers in both countries suggested teaching humans with special pedagogical computers. In the 1970s, the research and development in pedagogical computing made significant contributions to artificial intelligence. Tracing the movement of ideas, technology, and people across the Cold War divide, the Babintseva will discuss the Soviet-American co-production of the theories, assumptions and beliefs about desired and valuable thinking that underpinned pedagogical computing and artificial intelligence in these two countries.

Meeting ID: 964 2415 3287 Passcode: 906306