Technology and Ecologies / Week 7 / 17-11-2020

Language acquisition is viewed as one of the most important functions of the psyche (mind). Thus it is strongly connected to psychoanalytical criticism, which tries to describe how we acquire language and how we use it. One of the questions to which psychoanalytical critics haven’t brought a definite answer, is whether a human is born with a clean slate — on which his surroundings can write whatever it likes — or with a basic understanding of language that is hardwired in the brain.

Some philosophical references (from the lecture)

Martin HeideggerHe is an essential break in the history of philosophy.
He viewed machine as a source of energy to be used. For him technology is precisely this way of thinking. He looked into systems of control.He introduces the notion of the end of philosophy. We cannot think of nature as an object since we are part of it. We are depending on it and in the same time we are responsible for it. Technology has a way to link nature and man, since it makes easy the survival of man and now has a new vision of what nature is

Gilbert Simondon
We can think of Simondon as a humanist.
The opposition between man and machine is false. Since the machine is in feedback with humans - it needs to. Be perfected - the object has a history, an evolution, this relationship cannot be abstracted to a man-object relation. A continuous exchange that grows.

Timothy Morton
‘Ecology’ without ‘nature’
The end of the world has already started
Technology as a way to go towards a dystopia society

Erich Hört
Immersive interpretation of technology
Technology as an environment
The notion of technology cannot be thought in terms of static.
Technology moves along with humans.
Technology is bound to become more active, at the point that they won’t have a central agency on which they depend on. In an environment that is becoming increasingly active, humans are no longer the only source of subjectivity.
General ecology
Historical evolution of technical objects
The primary of mediation (relation)
Milieu of natural technical continuum
Someone who is born in this century cannot be measured with the same measures of the last century.

Isabelle Stengers‘Obligations’ and ‘technology of belonging’
No universality
The ‘diplomat’ metaphor
Abandoning the notion of universal knowledge (one knowledge being right above all else)
There is a materiality to these practices which influences the result
Specific expectations, data, processes, etc…

Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari‘Heterogeneous assemblages’