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unintended consequences
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unintended consequences

  Poking around online for a good interview with Natalie Jeremijenko, I came across her unusual deployment of the term “unintended consequences,” which is so often associated with negative byproducts. As ever, Jeremijenko alerts us to opportunities: Jeremijenko: As a rule of thumb, we should think of technology as a profoundly conservative social source. By definition, it … Continue reading

guiding principles for an adaptive technology working group
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guiding principles for an adaptive technology working group

I’ve been thinking about the studio/lab/workshop environment I want to foster at Olin. So herewith a manifesto, or a set of guiding principles, for young engineers and designers working critically, reflexively, in technology design and disability. 1. We use the terms “adaptive” and “assistive” technologies interchangeably when speaking casually or with newcomers to this field, but we … Continue reading

the school for poetic computation: assistive tech, fall 2014
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the school for poetic computation: assistive tech, fall 2014

I’ve been following the work of the School for Poetic Computation, for some time now. What an irresistible name! And one of its founders, Jen Lowe, wrote this absolutely beautiful essay last fall about its origins and rationale: Experiments with computation are restricted by marketing demands, by defense support, by the pressures of grant funding. … Continue reading

reprise
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reprise

I read through some of the series of essays that set up the original mission of Abler, and I was struck again by the so-much-with-so-little that’s packed into this paragraph by Mitchell Whitelaw. It has staying power for describing the investigative or experimental or highly situated practices that can proceed from the arts, but also … Continue reading