CS213 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Snowpiercer, Techne, Gilbert Simondon

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13 Jun 2018
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How Does Technology Matter?
“Technology Clearly Matters…”
Technology makes a difference, but we must get away from saying it causes the
difference
How does our redefinition of technology lead us to this perspective?
More distributed notion of agency - technology doesn’t just matter itself but
matters in relation to other elements of the network
Inadequacy of Common Sense
What is amazing about these conversations involving technology is how little agreement
there is about what is at stake, that is, about what really matters
Why should that itself matter?
We are lacking shared framework of technology - we all end up looking at tech in
different ways - eg kevorkian's machines → murder or libratory device?
Interpretations of technology are steeped in ideas about their “thingness” rather than
looking at them in broader sets of relations (thingness is very limiting)
*watch movie Snowpiercer if you get a chance
What Meanings Might Be Applied to the Train, Snowpiercer?
Brings together a number of elements
Try to stop global warming by filling atmosphere with a chemical, chemical ends up
causing an ice age, only survivors are on this train
The Remedy for Slack and Wise
“A sophisticated and shared understanding of how to approach questions of technology”
What would possessing ^^^ mean to us? To the broader society?
Different lives have different understandings, change meanings of machines
We need a shared understanding based on idea that these items aren’t
universal, do not mean the same thing to everyone
Etymology
Techne - art or craft
As application, capability, manner of doing… but not as a thing
Whereas in popular discourse it is invariably equal to useful things
So what mistake are we making when we use product as a synonym for technology
Used to mean the way you do things
In Popular Parlance
Talk about technology as
A constructed and useful thing
Constructed, solid, and nonliving
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Technology makes a difference, but we must get away from saying it causes the difference. More distributed notion of agency - technology doesn"t just matter itself but matters in relation to other elements of the network. What is amazing about these conversations involving technology is how little agreement there is about what is at stake, that is, about what really matters . Interpretations of technology are steeped in ideas about their thingness rather than looking at them in broader sets of relations (thingness is very limiting) *watch movie snowpiercer if you get a chance. Try to stop global warming by filling atmosphere with a chemical, chemical ends up causing an ice age, only survivors are on this train. A sophisticated and shared understanding of how to approach questions of technology . Different lives have different understandings, change meanings of machines.

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