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Hardware to Software

Hardware to Software

A guest lecture to University of Prince Edward Island Philosophy 105, Technology, Values & Science on the technical and cultural transition from hardware to software, February 14, 2018.

Peter Rukavina

February 14, 2018

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  1. hardware ⇢ software Technology, Values, Science Philosophy 105 University of

    Prince Edward Island February 14, 2018 Peter Rukavina • Guest Lecturer https://ruk.ca/
  2. “Selling a single page of the Almanac online is going

    to cannibalize the sales of the printed Almanac!” This is a problem?
  3. “The changes were made to take us back to the

    status quo,” said Katharine Tummon, director of corporations for the office of the provincial attorney general. “When we were apprised of (Rukavina's site) we immediately were looking to ensure that our corporate registry maintains its integrity.” She said the data was set up to be searched by company name only and was never intended to be used the way Rukavina's website does. She admits there's nothing in the current legislation to say that it shouldn't be used this way. This is because the Companies Act hasn't been updated since this kind of technology became available, Tummon said. “Other jurisdictions have modern provisions that are quite different from ours that place limits on the information.” December 9, 2008
  4. • Kickstarter crowdfunding • Online payments • Inexpensive video cameras

    • Inexpensive video editing equipment • YouTube as a video distribution platform • YouTube as an advertising platform • Open source software What made this possible?
  5. hardware ⇢ software goods ⇢ services off the rack ⇢

    bespoke data ⇢ code concrete ⇢ plastic
  6. What does this mean? • Split up into groups of

    3 or 4 people. • Discuss the questions: • On a broader cultural level, what might this hardware to software transition mean for politics? art? education? how we view our position in society? • Who’s left out of this transition? • Can we make it stop (if we wanted to)?