A-words: Accountability, Automation, Agency, AI: In the 2018 ThingsCon IoT Report

The ThingsCon report The State of Responsible IoT is an annual collection of essays by experts from the ThingsCon community. In this essay I discuss approaches to accountability in human and non-human systems in contexts of error, breakdown and disaster. My interest in accountability in the AI context is part of an ongoing research project […]

A MECS-ian

I just started a six month part-time fellowship at the MECS – Media Cultures of Computer Simulation – Institute for Advanced Study at my home institution, Leuphana University, in Lüneburg, Germany. Here is what I’m working on there. I’m in great company with some really smart PhDs and Post-Docs and am really happy to be […]

The world in itself, without us: Extraction, Infrastructure & Tech

The Planetary Futures Summer School was a gift in terms of material to chew on and write about. I had a post up on Cyborgology about the visit to the Malartic Gold Mine. “A mine is a complex space of flows” says Dr. Mostafa Benzaazoua. I’m not expecting a professor of geological engineering to use […]

Exit: Moon. A Short Story About Staying With The Trouble

I spent two weeks in August at Planetary Futures, a summer school at Concordia University in Montreal organised by Orit Halpern, Marie-Pier Boucher, and Pierre Louis Patoine, and hosted at Milieux, the centre for art, technology, and culture at Concordia. The course made links between planetary scale catastrophe and the Anthropocene, and histories of infrastructure, […]

“Imagining Ethics”: Testing out SF as a method

Back in early April on a trip to the Theorizing the Web conference in New York, two artists-in-residence at New Inc, Stephanie Dinkins and Francis Tseng, invited me to test out something at their monthly “AI Assembly”. I believe that it is difficult for everyday users to understand and make sense of digital technologies; and […]

Machine Research @ Transmediale

The results of the Machine Research workshop from back in October were launched at Transmediale: the zine, and a studio talk. During the workshop, we explored the use of various writing machines and ways in which research has become machine-like. The workshop questioned how research is bound to the reputation economy and profiteering of publishing […]

Four things to hold on to according to Antoinette Rouvroy

A few months ago I was at a workshop in Brussels, on the side of which Antoinette Rouvroy and Seda Gürses were invited to speak. They both said really important things about their work: algorithmic governmentality, and Why Are We Talking About The Cloud Now?, respectively. I asked Rouvroy about what resistance looks like in […]