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section two [scale: social, political]

Alex Haw,  CCLTV,  2005  


design ethics [social + environmental + political]

Alex Haw,  CCLTV,  2005  


CCTV Control Room, Camden County Council, UK


National Grid, UK


COBB County Electric, Georgia, USA


roadside speed cameras


Michel Foucault,  “Panop9cism,”  from  Crime  and  Punish,  1975  


Michel Foucault,  “Panop9cism,”  from  Crime  and  Punish,  1975  


Michel Foucault,  “Panop9cism,”  from  Crime  and  Punish,  1975   The inmate is “object of information,” but “never a subject in communication.”


The inmate is “object of information,” but “never a subject in communication.”


Asked in a 2002 interview to describe the ultimate search engine, Google co-founder Sergey Brin half-jokingly pointed to HAL 9000, the supercomputer from the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Brin said, "HAL . . . had a lot of information, could piece it together, could rationalize it. Now hopefully . . . it would never have a bug like HAL did where he killed the occupants of the spaceship. But that's what we're striving for, and I think we've made it a part of the way there.�


“What the prospect of growth without limit means for the public is something more complicated than a pure thrill. It's a prospect that has appeared so quickly, historically speaking, that we have not really had time to take a good look at what Google has become, let alone to consider what comes next.� Randall Stross, Planet Google, 2009


As Stross puts it, “The ultimate goal is to provide Google’s software with enough personal detail about each of its visitors that it could provide customized answers to the questions ‘What shall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘What job shall I take?’” Google, in other words, would very much like to digitize your soul. Sam Anderson, “Algorithm & Blues,” New York Books (5 Oct. 2008)

Week 4: Design Ethics_Ethics of Information  

exploration of Foucault's Panopticism