Today’s guest on Rendering Unconscious is David J. Gunkel. PhD, an award-winning educator, scholar and author, specializing in ethics of emerging technology. Formally educated in philosophy and media studies, his teaching and research synthesize the hype of high-technology with the rigor and insight of contemporary critical analysis. He is the author of over 80 scholarly journal articles and book chapters, has published 12 influential books, lectured and delivered award-winning papers throughout North and South America and Europe, is the managing editor and co-founder of the International Journal of Žižek Studies and co-editor of the Indiana University Press series in Digital Game Studies. He currently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University (USA), and his teaching has been recognized with numerous awards, including NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the prestigious Presidential Teaching Professorship. For more, please visit his website:

Also mentioned in this episode are:
Mark Amerika
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Eduardo Navas
Aram Sinnreich

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more:

Rendering Unconscious is also a book! Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry (Trapart, 2019):

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Other RU Podcast guests focused on AI and technology:
RU13: Damien Patrick Williams

RU21: Isabel Millar

RU23: Jacob Johanssen

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The track at the end of the episode is “The Third Mind” by Katelan Foisy with Vanessa Sinclair from the album Message 23. Released by Highbrow Lowlife.

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Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson.

Art by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson
from their series “Cut to Fit the Mouth”.

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