The Digital Studies Symposium kicks off the Spring semester Monday night, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. with a talk by Paul Dourish from the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.
Dourish: “MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte used to characterize the rise of digital technologies as the inevitable supplanting of atoms by bits. (Perhaps he still does.) In this talk, I will explore two areas of current research on the relationships between information technology and cultural practice that turn on different ways of thinking about physicality and digital information. The first concerns recent work in “ubiquitous computing” in which digital information begins to pervade the physical world (think of wireless networks, portable digital devices, and networked appliances). The second, going in the other direction, focuses on the consequences of the physical and material foundations of digital systems, and the fact that the seemingly ineffable “information” that is the substrate for an information society is encountered only ever in specific material forms. Through these two explorations, I hope to demonstrate the opportunities opened up by a richer account of the relationships between atoms and bits.”
Monday, January 24, 2011 7:00 p.m. SCA 112