Rise of the Machines: The Lost History of Cybernetics

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A common theme connects war machines, computer networks, social media, ubiquitous surveillance and virtual reality. In his lecture, Dr Rid will pull together the disparate threads from the 20th century to reveal the visionaries, rebels and at times unwitting innovators who made our digitised society a reality.

Dr Rid will discuss the evolution of cybernetic ideas, from the invention of radar and pilotless flying bombs in World War Two to today’s age of CCTV, cryptocurrencies and Oculus Rift. Drawing on new sources and interviews, he will tell a mesmerising story that simply hasn't been told before.

Dr Thomas Rid is Professor of Security Studies at King’s College London and one of the most influential voices in the cyber security debate. He received his PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin, and worked for ten years in leading think tanks in Berlin, Paris, Washington and Jerusalem. He has published four books and numerous scholarly articles on international security and new technologies.

Dr Rid will be on hand to sign copies of his latest book, 'Rise of the Machines: The Lost History of Cybernetics' (Scribe: August 2016), which will be on sale.

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Refreshments will be served from 1215.

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