Talk by David Upton: Gordon Pask, cybernetician, inventor and polymath

Date(s) - Monday 13 January 2025
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

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David Upton, a member of our Society, will talk about Gordon Pask (1928–1996), who lived in Montague Road, Richmond.

Gordon Pask

Gordon Pask was an enigmatic but profound advocate of cybernetics, working at a time when computers were less accessible and less well known.  On the one hand, we had an almost mythical belief in their abilities; on the other, we had no idea at all how they would revolutionise our world. Pask explored the new world of computers, from his consultancy firm on Richmond Hill, as a scientist, and engineer, a theoretician, and an artist. He was also an eccentric, who dressed like an Edwardian dandy and worked largely at night. He was a pioneer of artifical intelligence, although the cybernetic paradigm is mostly overlooked these days.

Our speaker, David Upton, has been a RIchmond resident since he stopped travelling with the Diplomatic Service where he had his first career. For his second career, he set up a small specialised management consultancy firm which eventually included some of the world’s largest companies in its client list, and for his third, he is developing a practice as a computational artist.