Howdy, I have two to contribute. I’d like these talks to offer context and prompt a wider discussion rather than me yapping on for 20 minutes each.
Title: Collapse and Adaptation - Applying Long(er) Term Design to Open Ag Technology
Description: Agriculture is a critical infrastructure that has existed for millennia and has long-lasting impacts on society and ecology. There are theories that various parts of the global civilization will inevitably collapse, including the global food system. This presentation will encourage participants to consider long-term impacts of our technology by prompting a discussion about: How are our Open Ag Technologies impacting and effected by global change? How should we design Open Ag technology now if the infrastructures and societies we designing for could collapse or are collapsing? How should we design Open Ag technology in a future characterized by global change?
Why this matters to the Open Ag Tech community: Because this addresses the long-term context in which we work. I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I think we should be considering the questions collectively.
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Title: The Implication of Embedded Values in in Open Ag Technology
Description: The technology we designs enters an “Information Ecology,” meaning a complex system of parts and relationships for which the focus is on activities served by technology (Nardi and O’Day 2000, 49). Designers’ imbue their technologies with their values and social agendas, even if unintentionally. When users’ values and social agendas differ from those embedded in the technology, users may experience “reverse adaptation” (Winner 1977, 229). Reverse adaptation occurs when users adjust their process and conform to the values embedded in the information systems they use. This presentation will encourage participants to consider the implication of the values imbedded in our Open Ag Technologies: What are the values of Open Ag Technology? Are we embedding those values in our technology? Are we embedding values that support the values of the intended users? What are there tensions between the values of the users and of Open Ag Technology, and how do we address those?
Why this matters to the Open Ag Tech community Because it is a prudent for us to maintain a critical perspective on our work. I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I think we should be considering the questions collectively.
Nardi, Bonnie A., and Vicki L. O’Day. 2000. Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart. MIT Press paperback ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Winner, Langdon. 1977. Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.