Philosophy of Emerging Media Workshop (Fall 2013)
The workshop’s purpose is to critique contemporary attempts to build a philosophy of media studies and then pursue a more adequate philosophy of emerging media. An important aspect of this inquiry is an emphasis on the concept of “emergence” of media as opposed to any particular instantiation of media technology or, for that matter, any particular technology. The workshop is small by design so that detailed and focused discussion can be given to the seven presentations.
Living Inside Mobile Social Information (Spring 2013)
What will social life be like when each of us has instant personal information about those around us? It is easy to conjure utopian and dystopian visions of this future. By contrast, the purpose of this workshop is to draw upon empirical evidence we already have to construct frameworks for rigorous understandings of these likely changes. Emerging technologies are increasingly offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of situationally relevant data on an individualized basis. Such data could be based on cues such as eye-tracking or physical location in an environment. Data streams could include co-location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users. A host of issues will arise as people begin interacting with these technologies which will likely engage a gamut of utopian and dystopian possibilities. Google offers a point-of-view video characterizing what life might be like.