Imagining digital futures, or, What is it about refrigerators ordering groceries?

This post was also cross posted on the Social Informatics Blog. In the New York Times today there is an article about Google X, the top-secret lab for big ideas at Google. According to the article, the future being imagined here is “a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when Continue reading Imagining digital futures, or, What is it about refrigerators ordering groceries?

Review of Langdon Winner’s Whale and the Reactor

I’ve been taking advantage of the Thanksgiving down time to do a bit of filing and shredding, and in the process I came across a book review I wrote for the Social Informatics seminar last spring of Langdon Winner’s Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology. Even though Continue reading Review of Langdon Winner’s Whale and the Reactor

Whither Technological Determinism in a Recession?

One of the first topics presented in the undergraduate social informatics course (I202) that I have been helping to teach for the last couple years is technological determinism – a perspective that views technology as an almost unstoppable force that impacts society and forces it to conform to the technology. While it is understandable how Continue reading Whither Technological Determinism in a Recession?