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Internet of Nothings

Internet of Nothings

Video and transcript at: http://www.jonathanlipps.com/blog/2014/06/internet-of-nothings/

The "Internet of Things" or the "Quantified Self" are examples of recently-emerged stages of technological evolution. We take for granted that smart devices will be the perfect replacements for our dumb tools. But these assumptions are worth examining more closely! The philosophy of technology is a new and fascinating field that deserves engagement from those who build the structure of technology itself: programmers, engineers, geeks, designers, etc… It's surprisingly difficult to give a precision definition of technology or speak fully about its character, and yet it is obvious that it is the defining essence of the present age.

As a lifelong geek and programmer, I'm a big proponent of technology. As a philosopher, however, I'm cognizant of the need to take a critical stance towards especially the things I love most. And as a linguist, I know how hard it can be to talk clearly about the elements of our lives which are so central to them that they form the backdrop of every utterance. Thus we need a conversation about the operating assumptions of technology and the channels it carves into the bedrock of our relationships with others, ourselves, and our natural world.

JavaScript is at the practical cutting edge of these philosophical issues---it's the language everyone knows (or is learning), and you can use it to do everything from creating a social network to hacking together Internet-connected devices in an afternoon. JavaScript makes it *easy* to Quantify the Self and make an Internet of Things. But these are concepts worthy of a critical rethinking. What are "things", anyway? How did they function in the matrix of human meaning for most of history? How is technology reshaping that function? Why should we care? What are the ramifications of treating myself as an I/O device?

Such questions need to take a prominent place in our discussions and public debates. For who else is in a position to reflect deeply on the technological enterprise, if not us, the holders of the keys to technological advancement?

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Jonathan Lipps

June 28, 2014
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  1. Internet of Nothings Technology and Our Relationship to the Things

    in Our World
  2. @jlipps @saucelabs @AppiumDevs

  3. None
  4. ? <-----> ?

  5. Philosophy <-----> Technology

  6. Philosophy <-----> Technology

  7. Philosophy <-----> Technology

  8. IoT

  9. Albert Borgmann

  10. Albert Borgmann Device Paradigm

  11. Tool || Tendency

  12. Availability

  13. Availability: Instant

  14. Availability: Instant Ubiquitous

  15. Availability: Instant Ubiquitous Safe

  16. Availability: Instant Ubiquitous Safe Easy

  17. Instant Ubiquitous Safe Easy

  18. Mechanism Product

  19. Form Function

  20. Means Ends

  21. Heat

  22. Burden Heat Labor

  23. Burden Heat Orientation Labor Community

  24. None
  25. Nutrition Flavor

  26. Nutrition Flavor Farming Harvesting Celebration

  27. Nutrition Flavor Farming Harvesting Celebration Industrial Agriculture Chemistry

  28. IoT

  29. Quantified Self

  30. Jaron Lanier

  31. None
  32. I am :-(

  33. Technologist

  34. ∃x ∞x ?

  35. http://oneword.meteor.com

  36. Resources Albert Borgmann Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life

    Jaron Lanier You Are Not a Gadget @jlipps http://jonathanlipps.com/blog http://github.com/jlipps/oneword
  37. Thank You