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Programming the Planet and Reconfiguring Sense

Speaker: Jennifer Gabrys

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

15:00–16.30 (U.K. time) on Zoom

The drive to instrument the planet and to make the earth programmable has translated into a situation where there are now more “things” connected to the Internet than there are people. Sensors are such connected and intelligent devices that detect changes in environmental patterns, generate stores of data and activate responses, so that more "intelligent" processes can unfold. Yet what are the implications for wiring up environments in these ways, and how does the sensor-actuator logic implicit in these technologies not only program environments but also program the sorts of citizens and collectives that might materialize through these processes? I take up these questions through a discussion of material from Program Earth and the Citizen Sense research project to examine the distinct environments, exchanges, and individuals that take hold through sensorized projects.

 

 










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