Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues

Ann Light, Jeff Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Geoff Cox, Jonas Fritsch, Lone Koefoed Hansen


The world machine is a new archetype for a socio-technical system drawing together a group of tools that combine computational powers with a social agenda of cross-world collaboration in resistance to dominant market rhetoric. Specifically, we look at how powers to connect, sense and infer can be combined and turned to crowd-sourcing public engagement with shared world issues - as an alternative to business-as-usual in the context of developing and deploying networked technology. We combine theoretical aspects of world machines, such as what a political entity of this kind might seek to do, and practical exercises that focus on design, with a view to exploring viability and examining what a related research agenda might involve. 


Sharing; ecological; environment; sensing; inference; networks; neoliberalism; politics; archetypes; values.

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