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Humanity On Rails

Humanity On Rails

Presentation by Daniel Azuma at RailsConf 2013. An introduction to the philosophy of technology, and a discussion of why it's relevant to the Rails community. For more information, see http://daniel-azuma.com/railsconf2013

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Daniel Azuma

April 27, 2013
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  1. Humanity on Rails Daniel Azuma An Introduction to the Philosophy

    of Technology RailsConf 2013
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkljLxddVI4

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkljLxddVI4

  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkljLxddVI4

  5. http://www.railsbridgeboston.org/blog/2012_aug_recap

  6. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YAHOO_headquarters.jpg

  7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29192621@N06/2928615391/

  8. http://www.confreaks.com/videos/856

  9. http://stuffkit.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/www.stuffkit-38.jpg

  10. A history lesson

  11. http://www.leonardo-da-vinci-biography.com/da-vinci-helicopter.html

  12. http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_image.cfm?image_id=1257

  13. Jacques Ellul (1912-1994)

  14. Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) “Technique itself… selects among the means to

    be employed. The human being is no longer in any sense the agent of choice.” —The Technological Society
  15. Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)

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  18. Albert Borgmann (1937- )

  19. The Device Paradigm

  20. The Device Paradigm

  21. The Device Paradigm Commodity convenient, available

  22. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available

  23. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available concealed

  24. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available concealed

  25. Interface Implementation The Device Paradigm convenient, available concealed

  26. Encapsulation Interface Implementation convenient, available concealed

  27. None
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  29. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available concealed

  30. Eyeballs Customers The Device Paradigm convenient, available concealed

  31. Eyeballs Customers The Device Paradigm convenient, available concealed

  32. Business Model Eyeballs Customers convenient, available concealed

  33. Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) “…man in the technological age is, in

    a particularly striking way, challenged forth into revealing.” —The Question Concerning Technology
  34. http://sociableboost.com/20-reasons-you-hate-twitter-what-to-do-about-it/

  35. http://www.journalismfestival.com/news/so-you-hate-twitter-get-therapy/

  36. http://www.bannerview.com/blog/a/BOSVIEW/Do-You-Hate-Twitter-Yet/

  37. http://www.rudebaguette.com/2013/01/25/will-twitter-give-into-the-french-governments-request-for-hate-speech-account-info/

  38. None
  39. OH: “I f***ing hate Twitter” #railsconf #zomg

  40. http://www.time.com/time/cartoonsoftheweek/0,29489,1888178_1862973,00.html

  41. http://mashable.com/2012/06/26/marketers-failing-twitter-study/

  42. Albert Borgmann (1937- ) “…technology is seldom offered as a

    choice, i.e. as a way of life that we are asked to prefer over others, but is promoted as a basis for choices.” —Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life
  43. Andrew Feenberg (1943- ) “Real change will come…when we… begin

    to intervene in the design process in the defense of the conditions of a meaningful life and a livable environment.” —Questioning Technology
  44. Samuel Florman (1925- ) “…without imagination, heightened awareness, moral sense,

    and some reference to the general culture, the engineering experience becomes less meaningful, less fulfilling than it should be.” —The Civilized Engineer
  45. http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/piles-of-books

  46. Does technology have value?

  47. Does technology have values?

  48. If technology is value-neutral, the ends justifies the means. then…

  49. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available concealed

  50. The Device Paradigm Commodity Mechanism convenient, available concealed

  51. Technology is not value-neutral

  52. Technology is not value-neutral It values: • Convenience • Efficiency

    • Power • Control It devalues: • Engagement • Aesthetic • Meaning • Community
  53. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkljLxddVI4

  54. http://www.railsbridgeboston.org/blog/2012_aug_recap

  55. If there is a bias inherent in what we do

    as engineers then… We tend to take it for granted.
  56. If there is a bias inherent in what we do

    as engineers then… We need to question it.
  57. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YAHOO_headquarters.jpg

  58. Why us?

  59. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oreillyconf/4684102658/

  60. The good news…

  61. None
  62. None
  63. The Device Paradigm Interface Implementation convenient, available concealed

  64. Open Source Interface Implementation convenient, available OPEN

  65. http://www.kickasslabs.com/2012/04/28/rails-conf-2012-images/100_0298/

  66. The Technologist’s Calling • To seek to understand technology •

    To learn to live well with technology • To teach the world about technology
  67. http://daniel-azuma.com/railsconf2013 Links and bibliography: Humanity On Rails

  68. http://daniel-azuma.com/railsconf2013 Links and bibliography: Twitter: @danielazuma Humanity On Rails

  69. http://daniel-azuma.com/railsconf2013 Links and bibliography: Twitter: @danielazuma Humanity On Rails