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Published on May 16, 2016
Is there a way in which the law might be understood as a computational, machine-like set of operations and protocols? Can the search for truth as an experimental form emerge out of an algorithmic-like set of coding practices—or does the realm of ethics remain forever incomputable?
Susan Schuppli (Goldsmiths University) will consider these questions by drawing on a comparison between two specific and contrasting examples of political forums in which the question of justice is at the fore: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As seen in examples such as remote-controlled drone warfare and decisions to execute that are arrived at through data-aggregation, algorithms are not simply re-ordering the fundamental principles that govern our lives, but are also being tasked with providing alternate ethical arrangements derived out of new modes of reasoning that are increasingly computational. These are some of the questions that this talk aims to raise and which will be issues for further discussion in the open workshop on the second day.