Golan Levin Exercise

http://criticalengineering.org/

Select one of the tenets of the manifesto that you find interesting.
In a blog post of 100-200 words, re-explain it in your own words, and explain what you found interesting about it.
Provide an example, real or hypothetical, which illustrates the proposition.

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Read the one-page “First Word Art / Last Word Art” by Michael Naimark.
Now watch the segment of this lecture by Jack Schulze from 6:00- 9:30.
In that video, Schulze discusses the Gartner Hype Cycle (Wikipedia). The Gartner Hype Cycle for 2013 is here.
Naimark’s opposition (“First/Last Word Art”) and the Gartner Hype Cycle are two different attempts to understand how culture accommodates new technologies. Each delineates a spectrum from the well-understood to the utterly novel.

In a blog post of about 150-200 words, discuss the relationship of the GHC and FW/LW in greater detail.
Where do you locate your interests along these spectra?
Why do you think Schulze prefers to work in the “Trough of Disillusionment”?

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One thought on “Golan Levin Exercise

  1. 1. The Critical Engineer considers any technology depended upon to be both a
    challenge and a threat. The greater the dependence on a technology the greater
    the need to study and expose its inner workings, regardless of ownership or
    legal provision.

    This reminds me of how Melvin Kranzberg characterizes technology as “neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.” Critical Engineers are the ones that realize technology, when over depended, could turn its edge and ‘threaten’ people’s life. For example, the overuse of smart phones makes people distant from each other when face-to-face, physically close together. Thus a Critical Engineer shouldn’t just make a portable communication device, or build an embedded operating system, or program apps with a variety of functions. Instead, a Critical Engineer should reflect all this engineer work on the way people depend on this technology, from enticing people to use it, to balancing their usage, to, perhaps, pulling the users back a little. As opposed to a one-way endeavor, a Critical Engineer uses engineering skills to seek for a balance when deploying certain technology in people’s lives.

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