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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?

Jonathan Lipps

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

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  2. @jlipps
    @saucelabs
    @AppiumDevs

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  3. Philosophy <-----> Technology

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  4. Philosophy <-----> Technology

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  5. Philosophy <-----> Technology

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  6. Albert Borgmann

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  7. Albert Borgmann
    Device Paradigm

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  8. Tool || Tendency

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  9. Availability

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  10. Availability:
    Instant

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  11. Availability:
    Instant
    Ubiquitous

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  12. Availability:
    Instant
    Ubiquitous
    Safe

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  13. Availability:
    Instant
    Ubiquitous
    Safe
    Easy

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  14. Instant
    Ubiquitous
    Safe
    Easy

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  15. Mechanism Product

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  16. Form Function

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  17. Burden
    Heat
    Labor

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  18. Burden
    Heat
    Orientation
    Labor
    Community

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  19. Nutrition
    Flavor

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  20. Nutrition
    Flavor
    Farming
    Harvesting
    Celebration

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  21. Nutrition
    Flavor
    Farming
    Harvesting
    Celebration
    Industrial
    Agriculture Chemistry

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  22. Quantified Self

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  23. Jaron Lanier

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  24. Technologist

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  25. http://oneword.meteor.com

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  26. 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

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