Category Technology

Mechanology: Machine Typologies and the Birth of Philosophy of Technology in France (1932-1958)

My article on mechanology was just published in the latest issue of Systema. It’s a short article and focuses on a movement in the history of philosophy that was in many ways a failed project and a missed opportunity to create a new field for the philosophical study and science of machines. I address the […]

Wear Me: Art | Technology | Body

Next week I’ll be giving a talk at the Wear Me: Art | Technology | Body curated art exhibit and small academic symposium which will be hosted by the Decimal Lab and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. My paper is “Re-Ontologizing the Body: Data and Wearable Personal Status Monitoring (PSM) Devices” and takes […]

Two Examples of Concretization

I have a short article in a new special issue of Platform: Journal of Media and Communication (Vol. 6) on Gilbert Simondon: Media and Technics. It’s a brief paper entitled “Two Examples of Concretization” and it looks at concretization, Simondon’s famous example of the Guimbal turbine, and the more modern example of so-called ‘dirty’ planar […]

The Professoriate Talks: Academic Freedom Goes Online

I’m presenting another communication paper, this time titled “The Professoriate Talks: Academic Freedom Goes Online,” as part of the Big Data and Free Speech panel at the The Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, May 23 at 11:00am. I’ll be talking mostly about Figure/Ground, what it […]

Latour on Simondon: An Inquiry into Modes of Existence

Bruno Latour’s new book is An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (Harvard, 2013). It is a massive text at over 500 pages and is supposed to be a kind of sequel to one of his most well-known (and shorter) books, We have Never Been Modern (Harvard, 1991). It is divided into 3 parts and 16 […]

Embodied Cognition’s Philosophical Roots

My article, “Embodied Cognition’s Philosophical Roots,” is now up at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). It’s a short article, informal and casual in tone, but it looks at some philosophers  and their theories as being early precursors to embodied cognition.

Translation – “Is not all creation a transgression?” – Gilbert Simondon Interview (1983) “Save the Technical Object”

SAVE THE TECHNICAL OBJECT Interview with Gilbert Simondon Translated by Andrew Iliadis The following is an English translation of a 1983 interview that Simondon gave to the French magazine Esprit (Esprit 76:147-52. 04/1983). [Simondon makes references to a variety of individuals here, including Ducrocq, Maxwell, DuMont, Illich, Stephenson, and Faraday. Albert Ducrocq was a French […]