Critical Engineering Manifesto No.9

9.  The Critical Engineer notes that written code expands into social and psychological realms, regulating behaviour between people and the machines they interact with. By understanding this, the Critical Engineer seeks to reconstruct user-constraints and social action through means of digital excavation.

How we interact with objects affects the way we think and act towards others and products. Any new digital language (way of interaction, way of speech, etc) that we adopt marks a change in culture. New methods of interaction can result from analyzing current forms of communication. 

It’s interesting to think about the relationship we have with our products and how it affects our behaviors. Example: In the past, taking a photograph required a heavy piece of equipment that came with other baggage and adequate knowledge about the equipment. Now, taking a quality photograph requires tapping a button on a smartphone. This enablement has led to people with access to smartphones taking images of everything everywhere constantly, and giving “selfie” the place in dictionaries. The actual experience is interrupted and distracted by the need to remember and share the experience immediately. Since images are shared so readily, we are overwhelmed with visual information and somewhat numbed. We seek new perspectives to excite us, thus: camera with wings that will allow us to take photos from the sky. 

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