InConversation Series: Siri, Why Am I So Busy?
InConversation with Professor Judy Wajcman
Monday 1 August 2016
Podcast available HERE
Technologies are not neutral tools that emerge independently of society. Rather, their design and use reflect as much as they shape the society which invents those technologies. So what does our contemporary fascination with digital gadgets and robotics tell us about our culture? How does this fascination reflect our perception of relationships between humans and machines?
Appearing in conversation with Professor Anthony Elliott, Professor Wajcman will examine the ways in which digital technologies enable us to complete tasks faster and more efficiently, notwithstanding the common lamentation that the pace of everyday life is too fast and spiralling out of control. Professor Wajcman will argue that there is no temporal logic inherent in technologies. It is we who build and design them for all-too-human purposes and desires.
Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Hawke Research Institute, as part of the InConversation Series
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Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College