Technology is not neutral. Tools are not neutral. Every tool has, within it, an envelope of end results that it enables easily and others for which it creates friction. Some of those effects intentional, some are not, especially in the complex world of computational, information processing tools that sense the world and act on it directly. How do we make tools that make it easier to have a positive impact on the world than a negative? Simply making technology easier or cheaper does not necessarily make it better, and good design is not the same as design for good.
As in past years, Sketching will still primarily focus on tools for physical computing/Internet of Things prototyping. I expect to talk about how to make hardware more accessible, how to make our tools better, how to use them in more interesting ways, and how to teach with them. In addition, I would like to look at our hardware tools through the lens of their effects, their envelopes of possibility, in addition to their construction.
The meeting will include presentations by all attendees, new technologies to try, and many opportunities to meet others and talk about this emerging field.
Henry Ford Museum
This charrette focuses on the way that potent tools/technologies have the potential to reorganize human society, in ways that are predicted or desired-and sometimes ways that are not. It's about implements and the institutions that grow to condone, perpetuate, and extend them. Responding to a set of broad human challenges, we will sketch new ideas that could be built in the reality of 2017. Using those ideas as starting points, we will imagine what 2030 might look like if our ideas were to grow to scale.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is an American non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting "transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts."
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, is an internationally recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. Exploring the American experience of innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness.
TechTown is an urban research and technology business park located just north of the Edsel Ford Freeway in the New Center area of Detroit.
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