Monthly Archives: November 2017

Computers and Futures

— Dick van Lente — Two panels at the conference of the Society for the History of Technology in Philadelphia, last October, were devoted to ‘Computers and futures: expectations of a future with computers in eight countries, 1945-1970.’ During the first post war decades, several scientists, politicians and intellectuals believed that electronic computers would fundamentally … Continue reading Computers and Futures

Playing with Technology

— Ingrid Ockert and Roger Turner — Play matters. Fun technologies invite participation, which can become mediums of expression for political organizing or economic engagement. Positive associations with particular technologies can guide career choices and create a better society, or so people have believed in societies from the communist Soviet Union to the United States … Continue reading Playing with Technology

What can a self-driving car crash teach us about the politics of machine learning?

—Jack Stilgoe— In May 2016, a Tesla Model S was involved in what could be considered the world’s first self-driving car fatality. In the middle of a sunny afternoon, on a divided highway near Williston, Florida, Joshua Brown, an early adopter and Tesla enthusiast, died at the wheel of his car. The car failed to … Continue reading What can a self-driving car crash teach us about the politics of machine learning?