Category: Technology

On reflection

What this eclectic selection of passages essentially conveys is a conceptualization of reflection as a mode of thought that entails mulling over ideas that have no necessary connection…

Les Weblogs

Les Weblogs, Jesper Balslev & Jens Winther. Compétences Micro (2004)

Digital Literacy

Recalling key tenets of theoretical debates about the term, I traced a gradual expansion of the concept’s range of address from reading and writing skills via communication in…

Disruption

Silicon Valley is famous for ‘disrupting’ business models and whole industries through innovative technology: this language – of technological disruption – is also a coded way of saying…

Not born to read

Let’s begin with a deceptively simple fact that has inspired my work on the reading brain over the last decade and move from there: human beings were never…

Børn og iPads

Debatten om børn og iPads raser. For at prøve at forstå den, har jeg lavet oversigten nedenfor. Den er ufuldstændig, men det er altså på to-do listen at…

Kranzbergs six laws of technology

First Law: “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” Second Law: Invention is the mother of necessity. “Every technical innovation seems to require additional technical advances in order…

Behind the Screen

At this point in our conversation, Melinda’s partner dipped back into the darkened living room in which we were meeting and chimed in with her own summation, based…

Assembly lines for the spirit

Contrary to the expectations of the Italian autonomist theorists—who foresaw the coming of emancipatory futuristic feudalism, with its cognitive workers reclaiming the means of production while watching capitalists…

Normalisant, miniaturisant, commercialisant

L’incidence de ces transformations technologiques sur le savoir semble être considérable. Il s’en trouve ou s’en trouvera affecté dans ses deux principales fonctions: la recherche et la transmission…

L’orgueil des décideurs

En ce sens, le système se présente comme la machine avant-gardiste qui tire l’humanité après elle, en la déshumanisant pour la réhumaniser à un autre niveau de capacité…

Le prolétariat du clic

Si ces analyses semblent encore pertinentes, c’est parce que le capitalisme des plateformes a abondamment recours à la même vieille ruse qu’utilisaient les propriétaires manufacturiers du siècle passé:…

The stuff of bits

A spreadsheet organizes and displays data items. there is no inherent reason that these should be aligned on a grid. A database doesn’t employ a grid, nor does…

The knowledge we have lost in information

It is important to understand how this refracted the very notion of radical ignorance as a natural state of being for humankind in the later political economy of…

Human-Focused Turing Tests

Four central themes of the broader project of which this article is a part are: – when does technology (automated systems) replace or diminish our humanity?– can we…

Inadaptation

L’éducation, l’instruction n’ont plus aucune “gratuité”, doivent servir efficacement. Et toutes les critiques dirigées envers l’enseignement tournent toujours autour de ceci: “On apprend des quantités de choses inutiles….

Addiction by design

I undertake what the philosopher of technology Don Ihde has alternately called a “phenomenology of human-technology” and “materialist phenomenology”. Such an approach avoids the tendency of strict materialism…

Megaprojects paradox

Flyvbjergs book instantly made me think that it would be productive to try and frame digitization of education as a megaproject (as opposed to a ‘revolution’, a ‘phenomenon’,…

Logic of Digital Utopianism

Utopias consider a given situation in the light of possible alternatives; as a result, observed reality first is subjected to an explicit or implicit critique and secondly depicted…

Protean character of volition

The protean character of volition is implicit in many philosophies of technology. Technologies have been associated with diverse types of will, drive, motivation, aspiration, intention, and choice. For…

Fuzzy semantics

In this article I have suggested that the grammatical ambiguity and logical fallacies entailed in the concept of technology are linked with a fetishistic perception of modern artefacts….

Ways in which it has not

From desktop computers to laptops to digital assistants, not to mention bank teller machines, microwave ovens, cellular telephones, and ticket machines, we encounter computers in all aspects of…

Singularismen

Som filosofisk antropologi er singularismen et eksempel på samme antihumanisme som stod stærkt i det 20. århundrede. Det er marxismens og Homo Fabers ide om mennesket som produkt…

Cognitive detour

Perhaps modern science has succeeded to well. It has become difficult for us to recognize that much of our being does not have a cognitive and representational aspect….

Crude criteria

There is thus a strong methodological case for emphasizing the need to assign explicitly evaluative weights to different components of quality of life (or of well-being) and then…

Computational thinking

Computational thinking has triumphed because it has first seduced us with its power, then befuddled us with its complexity, and finally settled into our cortexes as self-evident. Its…

Late lessons from early warnings

There is something profoundly wrong with the way we are living today. There are corrosive pathologies of inequality all around us — be they access to a safe…

Sociology of expectations

While necessary to raising the profile and attract allies, disappointments are also likely because of the specific structure of the expectations. Early technological expectations are in many cases…

Invisible technologies, 1994

Mémoire de la machine vs. mémoire humaine

La mémoire de la machine triomphe dans la multitude et dans le désordre; la mémoire humaine triomphe dans l’unité des formes et dans l’ordre. Gilbert simondon Simondon, G….