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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

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  2. goods ⇢ services

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  3. data ⇢ code

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  4. off the rack ⇢ bespoke

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  5. concrete ⇢ plastic

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  6. hardware ⇢ software

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  7. Telephone
    RGB In
    Video In
    Audio In
    Cable TV
    35 mm

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  8. Weather Forecasts

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  11. “Selling a single page of the
    Almanac online is going to
    cannibalize the sales of the
    printed Almanac!”
    This is a problem?

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  12. hardware ⇢ software

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  13. OpenCorporations.org

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  23. “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

    “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

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  24. hardware ⇢ software

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  25. Amazon Web Services

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  29. hardware ⇢ software

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  30. Care by Volvo

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  38. hardware ⇢ software

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  39. Choose Corrour

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  42. • 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?

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  43. Seeing “filmmaking” as a
    software process, not a
    hardware process.
    What made this possible?

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  44. hardware ⇢ software

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  47. software ⇢ hardware

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  48. hardware ⇢ software
    goods ⇢ services
    off the rack ⇢ bespoke
    data ⇢ code
    concrete ⇢ plastic

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  49. 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)?

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