In this newsletter: announcing Professor Graeme Clark as Conference Dinner Keynote; invitation to attend conference; a word from Wiener's biographers; twitter & tours 
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Conference Newsletter
Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century:
Thinking Machines in the Physical World

July 2016: Join us in Melbourne!
In just over a week conference delegates and invited speakers will convene at the University of Melbourne for "Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: Thinking Machines in the Physical World," which runs from 13-15 July.

You are invited to attend! 

Three options are available at the conference Registration Page. Choose the one that works best for you:

#1: Conference Dinner Only
We are delighted to announce that Professor Graeme Clark, pioneering researcher in the field of cochlear implant technology and AC Laureate Professor Emeritus, will be speaking at the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening (14 July, doors open at 6:30pm). The event will also feature a video address from IEEE president Dr. Arthur Winston, who will be sharing stories and anecdotes about his memories of Norbert Wiener.

Tickets are available for the dinner only, if that's all you can fit into your busy July schedule. Register here.

#2: Daytime Conference Events
Registration for the conference's Daytime Events grants you access to three full days of thought-provoking interdisciplinary conversation. From 13-15 July, enjoy presentations by more than 40 delegates from around the world, keynote addresses by 5 cutting-edge technology scholars and industry experts, and panel discussions on the relationship of thinking machines to issues of labor and ethics. See the Conference Program for details, and register here.

In addition, conference attendees are invited to attend (free of charge) two pre-conference events on Tuesday, 12 July:
  • the SNIS'9 Workshop on The Socio-Ethical Implications of Implantable Technologies in the Military Sector, and 
  • the 21CW Doctoral Workshop, where advanced graduate students will present their work to and receive feedback from a panel of experts.

#3: All Conference Events
Combined registration covers all conference events. Click here to sign up.

*Same-day, on-site registration is available.
As always, we invite you to visit the conference website, and add your name to our linkedin group. In addition, join our mailing list to receive any final conference notices, and information about future events. 

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in a few weeks!

A word from Wiener's biographers

Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman (authors of Dark Hero of the Information Age: In Search of Norbert Weiner, the Father of Cybernetics, and keynote speakers at the 2014 21CW Conference in Boston) shared their thoughts with us on the continued significance of Wiener's work and the upcoming Melbourne event:

"At this moment, as the 21st Century and its new technologies roll faster around the world and deeper into every corner of our daily lives, Norbert Wiener -- the man who laid the foundation of this vast enterprise and the one who worried most over its human impact -- would have much to say to us now about our interactions and relationships with thinking machines and all the new intelligent devices we have created in our image.

No doubt his foremost priority would be to remind us about our collective responsibilities to ensure that all these new machines, and the programs we write into them, uphold our human values, our human capacities for choice and individual decision-making, and our bonds with one another in our societies and cultures.  Wiener would remind us, most of all, that if we throw these responsibilities onto machines they will come back seated on a whirlwind, not only of technology run wild, but of men and women who may become so narrow in their thoughts and actions that they become for all intents and purposes 'an element in the machine.'  Finally, Wiener would remind us to safeguard and value above all that unquenchable spark of humanity in every person...for there lies glory and the future."

 - Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman

July Conference Count-Down: 
July 12: Doctoral WorkshopSINS'9 Workshop
July 13: Conference Kick-off!
While you're at the conference...
  • Use #21CW16 to share your thoughts on Twitter
  • Join us for an Indigenous History Tour of the Melbourne University campus on Friday (15 July) during the lunch break

This is one of a series of Conference newsletters. 
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