Tuesday, May 15th, 7pm - Collapsonomics talk by Ella Saitta: "Your Infrastructure Will Kill You"

Dear fellow earthbound spacefarers,

tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th of May, Ella Saitta will give a talk elaborating on some of her investigations into the topic of fragile socioeconomic infrastructures - also known to the initiated as Collapsonomics.

The talk will start at 7pm at the Space Agency. It will last 45 minutes, and there will be time for discussion afterwards.

Talk outline:

The past century our infrastructure has seen both massive expansion and heavy centralization. When it fails, it fails big — this is the reality of our modern interconnectedness. We live in a world of crumbling bridges and bankrupt states, and our infrastructure will kill us. The people we're relying on to keep us safe are trying to accomplish long-term risk management with short-term thinking. So, what now? We can't opt out, but we can become more resilient, and we can start thinking about risk differently.

In this talk, we'll look at threat modeling in the real world, six ways to die, failing states, that big party in the desert, the failure of the humanitarian project, algae and the U.S. military, large-scale natural disasters, the power grid, and many other things. The problems we face are big in every sense of the word — they involve some of the biggest things we've ever built — but the solutions may not be. Can non-governmental networks step up when governments fail to provide basic services? Can we avoid a further expansion of neoliberalism in a post-infrastructural state? Are the power structures embedded in our infrastructure cultural destiny? What happens when maker culture grows up?

Interested? Come join us!

  • Posted: 2012-05-14 18:50 (Updated: 2012-05-14 20:30)
  • Author: sill
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