Keyword: Politics

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Lists of moral questions towards technologies

1. “What is the problem to which this technology is the solution?”
2. “Whose problem is it?”
3. “Which people and what institutions might be most seriously harmed by a technological solution?”
4. “What new problems might be created because we have solved this problem?”
5. “What sort of people and institutions might acquire special economic and political power because of technological change?”
6. “What changes in language are being enforced by new technologies, and what is being gained and lost by such changes?”
(Neil Postman)

What is the totality of its effects, its „ecology“?
How does it affect our perception of our needs?
How does it affect our way of seeing and experiencing the world?
Does it foster a diversity of forms of knowledge?
What does it make?
What does it allow us to ignore?
Is it the least imposing technology available for the task?
Can it be responsive to organic circumstance?
Does it concentrate or equalize power?
Does it require a bureaucracy for its perpetuation?
Does it cause ugliness?
What noise does it make?
What pace does it set?
[…]

(From 76 Reasonable Questions to ask about any technology by Jacques Ellul)

What sort of person will the use of this technology make of me?
What habits will the use of this technology instill?
How will the use of this technology affect my experience of time?
How will the use of this technology affect my experience of place?
How will the use of this technology affect how I relate to other people?
How will the use of this technology affect how I relate to the world around me?

What practices will the use of this technology cultivate?
What practices will the use of this technology displace?

What will the use of this technology encourage me to notice?
What will the use of this technology encourage me to ignore?

What was required of other human beings so that I might be able to use this technology?
What was required of other creatures so that I might be able to use this technology?
What was required of the earth so that I might be able to use this technology?

Does the use of this technology bring me joy?
Does the use of this technology arouse anxiety?

How does this technology empower me? At whose expense?
What feelings does the use of this technology generate in me toward others?
Can I imagine living without this technology? Why, or why not?
How does this technology encourage me to allocate my time?
Could the resources used to acquire and use this technology be better deployed?
Does this technology automate or outsource labor or responsibilities that are morally essential?

What desires does the use of this technology generate?
What desires does the use of this technology dissipate?

What possibilities for action does this technology present? Is it good that these actions are now possible?
What possibilities for action does this technology foreclose? Is it good that these actions are no longer possible?

How does the use of this technology shape my vision of a good life?
What limits does the use of this technology impose upon me?
What limits does my use of this technology impose upon others?
What does my use of this technology require of others who would (or must) interact with me?
What assumptions about the world does the use of this technology tacitly encourage?

What knowledge has the use of this technology disclosed to me about myself?
What knowledge has the use of this technology disclosed to me about others? Is it good to have this knowledge?

What are the potential harms to myself, others, or the world that might result from my use of this technology?
Upon what systems, technical or human, does my use of this technology depend? Are these systems just?
Does my use of this technology encourage me to view others as a means to an end?

Does using this technology require me to think more or less?

What would the world be like if everyone used this technology exactly as I use it?
What risks will my use of this technology entail for others? Have they consented?
Can the consequences of my use of this technology be undone? Can I live with those consequences?
Does my use of this technology make it easier to live as if I had no responsibilities toward my neighbor?
Can I be held responsible for the actions which this technology empowers? Would I feel better if I couldn’t?
(L.M. Sacasas)

Normaal / Mark Henning

„A performative design research that explores how the handshake – a simple social gesture – has become coded with immense nationalistic meaning and examines how our definition of normal influences our suspicions of others.“

http://www.markhenning.nl

Anatomy of an AI System / Kate Crawford, Vladan Joler

The Amazon Echo as an anatomical map of human labor, data and planetary resources.

https://anatomyof.ai

The Dark Age of Connectionism: Captivity / Wesley Goatley

Installation of an Amazon’s Alexa asked by Apple’s Siri about its politics.

https://vimeo.com/241915190

Design for an Entrance to the Internet / Ted Hunt

„A workshop and ongoing research project which uses Sir John Soane’s unrealised architectural speculation ‚Design for an Entrance to London‘ (c 1805) as a means to reimagine how we directly access and perceive the internet as the modern equivalent to the living organism of a city. The workshop questions how we might do this in a way that more critically considers the role access to the internet plays in authoring our interpretation of reality, our shared values, our social potential and human evolution.“

http://designforanentrancetotheinternet.com

The True Size Of …

http://thetruesize.com/

Critical Atlas of Internet / Louise Drulhe

„The aim of the “Critical Atlas of Internet” is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on Internet.“

http://www.internet-atlas.net

pattrn / Forensic Architecture

http://pattrn.co
http://gazaplatform.amnesty.org

Notes for a Liberated Computer Language / Alex Galloway, Eugene Thacker

„We worry about the imaginary, supplemental alphabets starting with letter twenty-seven. This is the impulse behind our notes for a liberated computer language, to re-introduce new noisy alphabets into the rigid semantic zone of informatic networks. […] We consider there to be little difference between living informatic networks and the universal informatic languages and standards used to define and sculpt them. If the languages are finite, then so, unfortunately, are the life possibilities. Thus a new type of language is needed, a liberated computer language for the articulation of political desires in today’s hostile climate of universal informatics.“ („The Exploit: A Theory of Networks“)

http://r-s-g.org/LCL/

Superstitious Fund Project / Shing Tat Chung

A trading algorithm based on superstition (moon phases, numerology). An objectively subjective apparatus.

http://www.creativeapplications.net/

Mark Lombardi

http://www.pierogi2000.com/
http://www.flashpointmag.com/

Cross Coordinates

http://www.crosscoordinates.org/

R15N / Telekommunisten

Technological intervention to „disorder“ communication („Miscommunication Technologies“) to gain more quality of communication. The service randomly connects two registered members of a community by phone to successively spread a message in the group.

http://r15n.net/

UNFR / Arjan Groot

Systematization of the design of national flags generates a multiplicity of speculative national identities.

http://www.arjangroot.net/

Atlas of Transformation

Online version of the book:
http://monumenttotransformation.org/atlas-of-transformation/