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NSF CreativeIT workshop at Arizona State University
Politechnics: Political Technologies from the Computing Culture Group
Chris Csikszentmihályi
MIT Media Lab


MP3 of presentation


All technology is politics, but most technologies (and technologists!) won’t admit it. For six years the Computing Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab has been developing technologies for personal and societal politics. Mixing research from the humanities and social sciences with techniques from engineering, we develop systems and products for unique applications, such as how to spy on the government, how to invert military technologies, or how to nuance the gender of kitchen appliances. These systems demonstrate the inherent ideologies in existing technologies, but also point to alternate directions. The talk will be a review of past projects, and a description of future research topics.


societal politics, subversive systems

Last modified 9 September 2008 at 3:56 pm by aislingkelliher