33c3 Talk Notes + Video: Entanglements (Ethics in the Data Society)

ENTANGLEMENTS. MACHINE INTELLIGENCE, HUMAN ETHICS, AND DRIVERLESS CARS (original title: ‘Ethics in the data society’) Notes for a talk given at 33c3 in Hamburg, Dec 29, 2016 (Video here till it moves to Youtube? ) This talk is not about what the answer should be to the question “how do we program driverless cars to […]

#SpivakConfidential: “I was so trashed in Dubrovnik” and other anecdotes and insights from her Berlin lecture

This week I went to a public lecture by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak titled Who Claims Borderlessness as part of the Berliner Gazette event, Tacit Futures. I wish I could say I knew her work really well but I don’t. I’ve read some bits of her here and there, the famous stuff, but years ago. I […]


At the Machine Research workshop, we played with text filters developed by Constant as a way to explore machinic actions on various texts. I reduced my blog post to 1000 words and introduced some new content (thanks to discussions at the workshop): seven scenarios with which to think about the production of ethics in driverless […]

Machine Research workshop w/ Constant, Aarhus U, Transmediale

I’m in Brussels with a group of fellow PhDs, academics, artists and technologists, at a workshop called Machine Research organised by Constant, Aarhus University’s Participatory IT centre, and Transmediale. The workshop aims to engage research and artistic practice that takes into account the new materialist conditions implied by nonhuman techno-ecologies including new ontologies of learning […]

New: Privacy, Visibility, Anonymity: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities

I started this Tactical Tech project two years ago and am thrilled to see it finally out. Research takes time! This is a synthesis report of two case studies we did in Kenya and South Africa on risks and barriers faced by marginalised communities in using technology (primarily in transparency and accountability work). You can […]

The Tesla Crash

It’s happened. A person has died in a an accident involving a driverless car, raising difficult questions about what it means to regulate autonomous vehicles, to negotiate control and responsibility with software that may one day be very good, but currently is not. In tracing an ethnography of error in driverless cars, I’m particularly interested […]

The Problem with Trolleys at re:publica

I gave my first talk about ethics and driverless cars for a non-specialist audience at re:publica 2016. In this I look at the problem with the Trolley Problem, the thought experiment being used to train machine learning algorithms in driverless cars. Here, I focus on the problem that logic-based notions of ethics has transformed into […]

The Problem with Trolleys at re:publica TEN

At re:publica this year giving my first ever public talk about my PhD topic, titled, ‘The problem with Trolleys’, in which I will describe what I think the problem with the Trolley Problem is in its application to the development of ethics in self-driving cars.