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Benjamin Lindquist - “Mechanizing Minds and Mouths in Postwar America”

When: Monday, February 5, 2024
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: University Hall, Hagstrum 201, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Janet Hundrieser   (847) 491-3525

Group: Science in Human Culture Program - Klopsteg Lecture Series

Category: Lectures & Meetings



Benjamin Lindquist, Northwestern University


“Mechanizing Minds and Mouths in Postwar America”



Before earning a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Benjamin Lindquist trained as a painter at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and Yale University School of Art (MFA). This background has shaped his current interest in the history of computing. Specifically, his work asks how tools and concepts drawn from the world of art influenced early computer simulations of human creativity and the mechanical synthesis of human attributes. At Northwestern, he will work on two book projects: a history of text-to-speech and another provisionally titled “The Irrational Computer.” 

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