Innovation in Australia’s Outback

Cover image is by Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri (Australian, b. ca. 1940–2002)Possum Dreaming , 1994 In my last blog post I wrote about the Pintupi community from Australia’s Outback that is the subject of an Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) video from 1988. In this post I will delve deeper into this community around that time to […]

Innovation: its not what you know but who you know

In this post, I am looking at technological innovation from a critical perspective, covering appropriating technology, hacking and the process by which the name “innovation” is bestowed, or not, using a video from 1988 as provocation. In 1988, the national Australian public broadcaster ABC and journalist Jill Emberson produced a short 7 minute story on […]

Interacting with Technology- hacking vs appropriation

A thought provoking task given to me in class this week was about comparing the practices of hacking and appropriating technology. Tim Jordan’s Introduction talks about hacking, the hack and hackers and outlines his research in order to justify his definition of the hack. His definition is “a hack is a material practice that produces […]

Innovation is not society’s silver bullet

In today’s society, pursuing innovation is a cure for many ills, and sometimes a end in itself. In the concluding week of my innovation course, we looked at a couple of themes of dissent against the cult of innovation: that innovation is a hegemonic practice (Lilly Irani) and that innovation is has many downsides and […]

Lilly Irani’s Entrepreneurial Citizenship in India

Lilly Irani conducted a multiple year critical study of design schools and entrepreneurship in India, participating as a designer and an ethnographer with one particular design studio for a number of years. Irani is both a researcher and an tech professional. In her book, Chasing Innovation, she coins the term “entrepreneurial citizen” to explain how […]

AI for Audio Description Generation?

I have a product idea to use artifical intelligence to create audio descriptions for film and television. It was a winner at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center’s Immersive Media Challenge. Here is the 3min pitch, it includes a section of The Lion King which maybe I will get asked to remove due to rights, but its […]

New Tech Data as Court Evidence?

Or why judges are as cautious as the Amish when it comes to admissable evidence “Sharing a Ride” by Forsaken Fotos is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This is my reaction to material we discussed in my CMGT530 class at Annenberg: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology. The material was Czitrom (Czitrom, 1982) and the film […]

Image Processing in The Age of Surveillance

TL:DR How three forces: the explosion of individual images available online, theaccelerating data science capabilities of image processing, and pressure on individual rights and freedoms impact the use of image recognition in surveillance in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. Covers the potential risks of reliance on this kind of visual evidence, and recommendations to reduce […]

Data and Innovation in Slow Fashion

How the Sustainable Fashion Industry can learn from Fast Fashion The Fashion Industry: Fast and Slow The fast fashion industry, which includes brands such as H&M, Zara, Forever21, Asos and TopShop, serves up new products at historically low prices and at an ever growing pace: within weeks of New York Fashion Week or being worn […]

Eradicating Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer Outcomes

A literature review of academic studies of racial disparities in prostate cancer outcomes, particularly for black Americans. In loving memory of Calvin L Harris Senior.