Designing for legibility of computational black boxes (The box is not a box)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the excellent PhD defence of Holly Robbins at TU Delft, and afterward participating on a panel on the related theme of “Designing for Legibility of Computational Black Boxes” along with Thomas Binder (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts), Marcel Schouwenaar (The Incredible Machine), Irina Continue reading Designing for legibility of computational black boxes (The box is not a box)

Changing Things: Back story and future directions

Today is the day that Changing Things: The Future of Objects in a Digital World is published! This seems like a good moment to reflect on the (long) path to get to this point, as well as to look ahead toward future directions. As a graduate student I became fascinated with philosophy of technology because of Continue reading Changing Things: Back story and future directions

Interdisciplinarity and what it will take to address postindustrial challenges

At the recent Critical Alternatives 2015, the 5th decennial Aarhus conference, I participated in two excellent full-day workshops: “Shifting Borderlands of Technoscience: Tracing Trajectories of Critical Practice” and  “I’ve Had It! Group Therapy for Interdisciplinary Researchers.” Both engaged with the challenges and opportunities of interdisciplinary work, but in somewhat different ways. Prompted by experiences writing for Continue reading Interdisciplinarity and what it will take to address postindustrial challenges

Seeing real-time link clicks in the Bitly Media Map

I just happened on the Bitly Media Map when researching their link shortening service to use as an example for thinking through some issues for my research. It is a map of the US that shows by location and in real time the media sources for links that people click on. The effect of the Continue reading Seeing real-time link clicks in the Bitly Media Map

Graham Harman and object-oriented philosophy

Graham Harman and object-oriented philosophy I’ve been seeing intriguing references to Graham Harman for a while now, and today after investigating him further I think I’ve become a fan after reading about a handful of blog posts and a book review. He has all kinds of interesting things on his blog, and I particularly enjoyed Continue reading Graham Harman and object-oriented philosophy

Presence and activity in Spotify, and how it just became lonelier

I have been listening to music through Spotify pretty much constantly since the service became available in the US. I love it because of the fact that it provides the music lover’s dream of immediate and free (or cheap) access to a good share of the music that’s out there. With my Spotify account connected Continue reading Presence and activity in Spotify, and how it just became lonelier