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Please join us for the next session of the Attention Reading Group organised by the Centre for Attention Studies at King’s College London.

SESSION 6: Attention, Cognition and Computation

Reading: M. Beatrize Fazi, ‘Distraction machines? Augmentation, automation and attention in a computational age’, New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics (98): 2019, 85-100

This session will engage with a philosophically grounded approach to the problem of attention and distraction. The paper starts from querying the oft-posited assumption that the human capacity to pay attention is being transformed by computational technologies. ‘Are computing machines distraction machines?’, asks Fazi. Her article takes this question as its starting point in order to address concerns about attention deficits vis-à-vis issues surrounding the mechanisation of cognitive processes and procedures.

A PDF copy of the text will be sent to all registered participants, together with a Teams link for the meeting.

This event is open to all and free to attend, booking is required.

Participants from outside the KCL community who haven’t attended any of the previous sessions are most welcome to join the Reading Group, but, as well as making a booking, they need to email us at with a brief introduction about themselves.