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New Dark Age

In conversation with James Bridle

new dark age

What is technology trying to tell us in an emergency? Join the conversation as Natalie D Kane speaks with author James Bridle.



As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world. Despite the accessibility of information, we’re living in a new dark age.

James Bridle discusses his book with Natalie Kane. New Dark Age explores the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.


James Bridle is a technologist, writer, journalist, and visual artist. He writes for Guardian, Observer, Wired, Frieze, Atlantic, and many other publications. He wrote and presented "New Ways of Seeing" for BBC Radio 4 in 2019.

Natalie D Kane is a curator, writer and researcher based in London, UK. She is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK) within the Design, Architecture and Digital Department. As part of her role, she curated the official U.K. pavilion at the 2018 London Design Biennale, and the official U.K. pavilion at the upcoming XXII Milan Triennale (opening March 1), showing the work of Forensic Architecture. She is on the Advisory Board for the Society for Computers and Law.

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