Interface (MIT Press)

Interface (MIT Press)

Branden Hookway


In this ebook, Branden Hookway considers the interface no longer as know-how yet as a kind of courting with expertise. The interface, Hookway proposes, is without delay ubiquitous and hidden from view. it really is either the bottleneck during which our dating to expertise needs to go and a efficient stumble upon embedded in the use of expertise. it's a web site of contestation -- among human and laptop, among the cloth and the social, among the political and the technological -- that either defines and elides ameliorations. A virtuoso in a number of disciplines, Hookway bargains a idea of the interface that attracts on cultural conception, political conception, philosophy, artwork, structure, new media, and the heritage of technological know-how and expertise. He argues that the theoretical mechanism of the interface deals a strong method of questions of the human courting to know-how. Hookway unearths the starting place of the time period interface in nineteenth-century fluid dynamics and lines its migration to thermodynamics, info conception, and cybernetics. He discusses problems with topic formation, organization, energy, and keep an eye on, inside contexts that come with expertise, politics, and the social position of video games. He considers the technological augmentation of people and the human-machine procedure, discussing notions of embodied intelligence. Hookway perspectives the determine of the topic as either receiver and lively manufacturer in tactics of subjectification. The interface, he argues, stands in a relation either alien and intimate, vertiginous and orienting to those that go its threshold.

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