Proxies are key to modeling physical and social networks: from global climate change to network neighbors. Analyzing paleoclimate models that reveal patterns of global warming alongside models that predict a person’s race, gender and personality, this talk addresses the thorny question of proxies: their necessity and their limitations.
Bio: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and English Literature, which she combines and mutates in her current work on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), and Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT 2016)