Now it happened – I had to install WhatsApp. I opposed the idea of using this app for a long time now, but it is the only communication channel to a new community I just “entered”. And so I complained and then complied. However, installing yet another messenger triggers many different questions in regard to that little piece of software on my phone. And I was especially wondering about the values inscribed in a communication system … especially one I so long opposed. [Read more…]
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.