Interface (MIT Press) by Branden Hookway

By Branden Hookway

In this e-book, Branden Hookway considers the interface no longer as know-how yet as a sort of dating with know-how. The interface, Hookway proposes, is instantly ubiquitous and hidden from view. it really is either the bottleneck during which our courting to know-how needs to go and a efficient come across embedded in the use of expertise. it's a web site of contestation -- among human and desktop, among the fabric and the social, among the political and the technological -- that either defines and elides alterations. A virtuoso in a number of disciplines, Hookway bargains a idea of the interface that attracts on cultural idea, political concept, philosophy, artwork, structure, new media, and the historical past of technological know-how and know-how. He argues that the theoretical mechanism of the interface bargains a robust method of questions of the human courting to know-how. Hookway unearths the foundation of the time period interface in nineteenth-century fluid dynamics and lines its migration to thermodynamics, info thought, and cybernetics. He discusses problems with topic formation, organization, strength, and keep an eye on, inside contexts that come with know-how, politics, and the social function of video games. He considers the technological augmentation of people and the human-machine approach, 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 people who go its threshold.

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