Tecnopolíticas: aproximaciones a los estudios de ciencia, tecnología y sociedad en Chile

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Edited by Alejandro Espinosa, Francisca Ortíz and Nicolás Sanhueza
UAH Ediciones, 2019

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El libro presenta las investigaciones de diversos académicos y académicas de Chile que han realizado aportes sustantivos a este campo de estudios transdisciplinares, tanto en su país de origen como en el extranjero. Estos trabajos cubren una amplia diversidad de temas, desde el estudio de la innovación y el consumo, hasta la gestión de desastres, conflictos ambientales, salud y políticas públicas familiares. Más allá de esta diversidad temática, lo que los unifica es la voluntad expresa de entender ciencia, tecnología y sociedad como áreas íntimamente imbricadas, imposibles de ser realmente comprendidas de forma separada. Desde esta perspectiva, el desarrollo chileno actual es visto finalmente como un proyecto tecnopolítico en el cual nuevas formas de hacer y entender la política y la cultura siempre han ido, y requieren seguir yendo, de la mano con el surgimiento, estabilización y crítica de innovaciones científicas y tecnológicas. Continue reading

Into the Field Human: Scientists of Transwar Japan

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Miriam Kingsberg Kadia
Stanford University Press, 2019

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In the 1930s, a cohort of professional human scientists coalesced around a common and particular understanding of objectivity as the foundation of legitimate knowledge, and of fieldwork as the pathway to objectivity. Shared experiences reinforced their identity as a generation, building a collective cognitive framework, identity, and interpersonal network. Into the Field is the first collective biography of this cohort, evocatively described by one contemporary as the men of one age. Continue reading

How to Be Human in the Digital Economy

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Nicholas Agar
MIT Press 2019

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An argument in favor of finding a place for humans (and humanness) in the future digital economy.

In the digital economy, accountants, baristas, and cashiers can be automated out of employment; so can surgeons, airline pilots, and cab drivers. Machines will be able to do these jobs more efficiently, accurately, and inexpensively. But, Nicholas Agar warns in this provocative book, these developments could result in a radically disempowered humanity. Continue reading

Hybrid Media Activism: Ecologies, Imaginaries, Algorithms

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Emiliano Treré
Routledge, 2018

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This book is an extensive investigation of the complexities, ambiguities and shortcomings of contemporary digital activism. The author deconstructs the reductionism of the literature on social movements and communication, proposing a new conceptual vocabulary based on practices, ecologies, imaginaries and algorithms to account for the communicative complexity of protest movements. Drawing on extensive fieldwork on social movements, collectives and political parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, this book disentangles the hybrid nature of contemporary activism. It shows how activists operate merging the physical and the digital, the human and the non-human, the old and the new, the internal and the external, the corporate and the alternative. Continue reading