Benjamin H. Bratton joins NYU Shanghai as Visiting Professor of Interactive Media Arts and Director of the new NYU Center for AI and Culture. His work spans Philosophy, Art, Design and Computer Science. Bratton is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is Program Director of The New Normal programme at Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He is also a Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate Schoo in Saas-Fee, Switzerlandl and Visiting Faculty at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles.
In The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty (MIT Press, 2016) Bratton outlines a new theory for the age of global computation and algorithmic governance. He proposes that different genres of planetary scale computation -smart grids, cloud platforms, mobile apps, smart cities, the Internet of Things, automation- can be seen not as so many species evolving on their own, but as forming a coherent whole: an accidental megastructure that is both a computational infrastructure and a new governing architecture. The book plots an expansive interdisciplinary design brief for The Stack-to-Come.