Interaction with Technology for the Century

This is the final paper for my reflections on Design for the Century, in my first semester at Parsons School of Design. Below is the TLDR summary and following that is the final paper published from Google Drive. Summary We know what technology is. In Marshall McLuhan’s theory, all technologies are extensions of our physical…

‘Extrastatecraft’

Extrastatecraft, according to architect, urbanist, and author Keller Easterling, is a design thinking about not just the buildings but functions “like an operating system, the economics, the informatics, the ecosystem of making the way cities are built – a matrix space”. She says that this is the defacto way of building cities and using the land…

Planetary Horizons

The author Karl Schroeder in his article says “Thalience” is a successor to science – to look past science. If science is ‘reason’ can we look past ‘reason’? While reading his article, I did get a feeling of self-dis-belief on the concept of Thalience, that he is trying to illustrate. If Thalience is not a replacement (to Science),…

Surveillance and the Global Other

Image Credit: Shutterstock There is no surprise to why we love bad news or hearing anything negative. For whatever reason, negativity sells. In the same way, the fact that big tech companies use our info for whatever means is just something that sells. Of course, this is not a good thing, then why is it that we cannot stop it…

Force Change: Engineering the Sublime

Image from the film “Lucy” where the protagonist played by Scarlett Johannson uses her exponentially enhanced human perspective and harnesses the entire power of her brain. First of all the world is waking to AI, or I guess we’re are in the age of AI already and everyone is increasingly getting aware of this. By…

Design and Nature

“Order is Heaven’s first law”, a quote from Alexander Pope that I hold dear. Design to me is about creating specific order and organizing elements within it, which best accomplishes a task and establishes a framework for future improvements. Incidentally, this also almost coincides with Charles Eames definition of design – “Plan for arranging elements…

A First Manifesto

Image: ichef.bbci.co.uk “Order is Heaven’s first law”, a quote from Alexander Pope that I hold dear. Design to me is about creating specific order and organizing elements within it, which best accomplishes a task and establishes a framework for future improvements. Incidentally, this also almost coincides with Charles Eames definition of design – “Plan for arranging…

Designing Power Dynamics and Online Identities for Us

Cyborg, Justice League (2017) While reflecting on author Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto the first image that comes to my mind is that from Justice League. To me, its very interesting how the author uses the Cyborg as the metaphor to convey her view of feminism, equality and stepping away from ‘an identity’ but choosing a creature…

Algorithmic Democracy

The United States of America is reeling under the problem of Russian interference in their post-election scenario. They are indeed in the eye of a storm, but is it just the USA? I come from India and it’s been more than 3 years for the Modi Government. He was well acclaimed, popular and won his election…

Smart Cities, Networks and Biospheres

NBC News – Politics Why has climate change become more of a buzzword now than the past few decades? Is it because of the increase in the communication media technology that everyone is made known about it? Or is it because of the population explosion that has diminished the earth from vital resources? Apparently, I…

MetroPolarity: Against Empire

Voodoo Loa Cards by Ula Fish We all know that the world today runs on Einstein’s E=mc2 theory of energy to mass conversion. This is scientific, yes. However, as laypersons, do we ponder about the possibility that there can be more to this? Are we running the world with this, only because it’s the best-proven theory so far? Didn’t we once live…

Historical Relation of Vision and Power Dynamics

Image: ‘Third Eye’ by Design by John Tibbott   Reflections on ‘The Eye of Power’ – Michel Foucault When we talk about power and surveillance, it is important to highlight the word ‘insecurity’. It is because of insecurity or lack of guarantee that we have surveillance, tougher laws, etc. It’s sadly amazing how ‘Panopticon’ has survived all this while… since…

Horizons of the Human

Featured Image: ‘Annihilation’ Jef Vandemeer, Image: Lorenzo Ceccotti Reflections: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Are cave paintings necessarily art? It could just be a record of the animals they killed or domesticate, and there was no other medium of recording? However, looking at the wall usage with contrast, and the walls physical combinations, it could have been…