The Network Is The Machine: Web Technologies for People, Things and the Coming Singularity
Instructor: Jason Reizner
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Capacity: max. 15 students
Date: Dienstag/Tuesday, 13:30-16:45
Location: Marienstr. 7b, Room 104
First Meeting: 18 October 2016, 13:30
Could the ubiquity of the contemporary web and its evolution from data transmission medium to universal infrastructure and interface for the interconnection of 'everything' presage what Kurzweil has titled 'the coming Singularity'? As the world enters what are possibly the waning years of human-machine plurality, there is still time to examine the technological and sociocultural phenomenon that is the world wide web, and its role not just in the production, mediation and dissemination of human information, knowledge and culture, but also its function in the gradual unification of all objects, devices and Things, great and small, into an all-encompassing rhizomatic machine that will eventually envelope all of humankind. This module will focus on the concept of Web of Things as a central platform, wherein the web itself is no longer just an application, but an environment for interaction (and possibly assimilation) between People and Things, such as data, devices and services. Participants will evaluate and employ contemporary strategies and methodologies for developing a web-connected device, object, installation, application or service.
Concurrent enrollment in another IFD[[IFD:Start|Interface-Design]] course offering, or with instructor permission.
Registration for Winter Semester 2016/7 is now closed.
Successful completion of the course is dependent on regular attendance, active participation, completion of weekly assignments and delivery of a relevant semester project. Please refer to the Evaluation Rubric for more details.
Warner, Julian. Human Information Retrieval. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.
Campbell, James W.P. The Library: A World History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Webster, Frank. Theories of Information Society. London: Routledge, 1995.
Gleick, James. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
Shannon, Claude and Weaver, Warren. The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1949.
Baeza-Yates, Ricardo and Ribeiro-Neto, Berthier. Modern Information Retrieval. New York: ACM Press, 1999.
Krajewski, Marcus. Paper Machines: About Cards and Catalogs, 1548-1929. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011.
Kurlansky, Mark. Paper: Paging Through History. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016.
Müller, Lothar. White Magic: The Age of Paper. Cambridge, UK1. Universitätskommunikation – a service of the university taking care of public relations 2. United Kingdom: Polity, 2014.
Ludovico, Alessandro. Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894. Eindhoven: Onomatopee, 2012.