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Let machines be machines and humans be humans?

Fascinating promise here:

"In our most recent Internet of Things post Objects Aren't Social, Orban comments that objects " ...are going to form their own independent social networks, which are going to be fundamentally incompatible with human communication." These new machine networks will be so redundant and reliable that we will be freed from most of our machine-operating duties. We will get to be human again."

The statement seems to imply that we as humans have been under an (increasingly heavy?) burden of operating machines. If one thinks about the ridiculous amount of time we spend bend over or staring at 10"-50" size screens, that seems true enough. But in a more general sense, haven't we always been machine operators - is that not one of the fundamental traits that makes us stand out among other species? Or, perhaps more to the point: What kind of pre-machine-operating life does the blogger cited above long for?

Open master course in the mapping of knowledge controversies with digital methods

From June 7th-25th 2010, the Technical University of Denmark offers a 5 ECTS course with the title Mapping Controversies.

I plan to be there. As the course objectives state:

"Contemporary democracy frequently finds itself confronted with highly unstable forms of knowledge around which there exists no clear guide. Controversies rooted in the techno-polical entanglements of science and society seem increasingly resillient to conventional political process and cannot simply be settled by 'the facts'.

How do we handle and engage with complex knowledge controversies? And what new forms of 'democratic equipment' might be of use in that enterprise? The course enables students to make practical use of a series of new web-based research tools and map out complex controversial issues in an easily accessible manner."

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“Mapping Controversies” was first taught by Bruno Latour at the École des Mines in Paris and has been jointly developed as an online programme involvi…