Attending the 4S in Boston, we also had time to visit the city and its unique research institutes. Andrea used the time to revisit her former colleagues at the Action Lab (Northeastern University), where she stayed during a research internship in 2010. Amir Farjadian, a former colleague, is now working on models for human-machine cognitive interaction under anomaly at the MIT Department of Mechanical Enginieering and facilitated contact to the MIT Media Lab. [Read more…]
Data – being part of the constituent elements of today’s quantified society – hold myriads of promises. As manifold these promises might be however they all link back to the same basic notion: that data will be able to make things, expressions, interactions – data enthusiasts might say everything – visible and understandable, for now to a certain degree at least. While there’s ongoing work to potentiate its possibilities, new socio-technical constellations emerge that make data even more embracing and permeating. Measuring the secret fibers of our very being by us and others has become a part of data reality. Just think of Fitbits [Read more…]
From 7th to 10th of September the 8th Tensions of Europe (TOE) Conference took place in Athens. The conference is an important event organized by the TOE network, to bring scholars from the realms of history of technology, science and technology studies, critical migration and security studies scholars and many more come together to discuss different aspects and realms of the making of Europe through the lens of technology and infrastructures. A lot of different initiatives, publication projects,
conferences and workshops have been realized since 1999, such as the widely recognized six-volume book series Making Europe: Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000 or the Inventing Europe: European Digital Museum for Science and Technology.
The topic of this year’s conference was [Read more…]
A monograph authored by Hajo Greif, titled Environments of Intelligence. From Natural Information to Artificial Interaction, has now been published by Routledge, London (link to advertisement). It is part of the “History and Philosophy of Technoscience” series edited by Alfred Nordmann. It presents the results of Hajo’s research as Austrian Science Fund (FWF) Erwin Schrödinger Fellow at MCTS and is a significantly edited and revised version of his venia thesis at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (2015). The Open Access Version of this book is supported by FWF publication grant no. PUB 488-Z24, and is available here.
Known as an institution with a divers approach to research culture in it’s manifold manifestations the GCSC (International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture) recently held the Surveillance Cultures Conference to focus on surveillance by putting it into perspective as a cultural phenomenon. Designed as an international event, the conference took place at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen (Germany) from July 6th to July 7th, 2017.
2017 seems to be the year of virtual reality in the art world, as more and more contemporary artists experiment with this new medium and create virtual-reality (VR) artworks that plunge the viewers into fully immersive, computer-simulated image-space. [Read more…]
A few days ago, I was part of the second Karlsruhe Science Film Days as one of 14 jury members. The event was organized by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Wissenschaftsbüro of the Stadtmarketing Karlsruhe GmbH. According to the homepage the event’s goal is to “root scientific documentary film, essay and fiction in the public consciousness and to build a bridge between research, artistic creation and society”. [Read more…]
The 20th biennial meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT), titled “The Grammar of Things” was hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, from 14 to 17 June, 2017. In its disciplinary breadth and thematic focus, this conference quite neatly exemplified the conjunction between “philosophy” and “technology” in the society’s name: there was some philosophy of technology involved for sure, but at least as many contributions of philosophical relevance came from other fields, such as STS, history, design and architecture. [Read more…]
In order to study practices of creative software engineering, I have decided to do ethnographies on hackathons. I was at several of such events and have just returned from my last expedition into that peculiar realm of self realization, participation, technical playfulness, and, often claimed by the organizers to be most important, fun. However, there are three experiences from those expeditions, which I want to highlight and share. [Read more…]
Report on the science communication session at the 16th Annual STS Conference in Graz, Austria, May 08-09, 2017
After an exponential growth in users as well as producers, web videos have become one of the standards in the way online communication takes place. Web videos are increasingly preferred over text and image-based sources – which is also true for science communication. In addition, this trend directly affects the relationships between science and society, replacing traditional interfaces and loosening the control over content and sources in a way that could undermine the trust in science. This brings about new issues, e.g. quality aspects, which need to be addressed from an STS perspective. As a result, and following the last year’s session by Joachim Allgaier (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt) and me, Erik Stengler (University of the West of England) and I chaired a session about ‘The web video in Science Communication: Issues and Trends’ with five interesting talks. In this session, we were mainly interested in discussing the impact of webvideos on the public communication of science and technology on the one and intra-scientific communication on the other hand. [Read more…]