This is a continuously growing collection of talks, conferences and texts that I have come across during the last years and which I consider worth spreading!
They are more or less closely related to my ongoing research on smartphone photography. In fact exploring this every day life photography device has lead me to delve into various topics. Starting from a close observation of initially innocent or helpful features - like the automatic creation of albums of those people you have photographed most - I came to explore that there was much more going on in/ via my phone and started asking questions like:
How does image recognition software work? How do Algorithms perceive (visual) data? Is AI more than statistics? Why do we believe in the objectivity of machines and numbers - where does this cult around abstract symbols come from? What is the technical infrastructure behind our smartphone communication and who owns what ( content/software/hardware/internet providers/data centers/ wifi hotspots/ electricity masts and undersea cables)? Being our close companion all day round what information do the sensors of my smartphone gather and who gets access to this? ( For example photo/ maps/ health and fitness tracking apps) How do digital companies create user profiles? How do smartphones help match and refine data on online and offline behavior? Why does Google Maps show me exactly this route? Do all the other billions of maps users also follow Google as blindly as I do? What is happening/ will happen to all the data that we share via our phones? How could Big Data benefit citizens rather than commercial or political interests? Being a permanently accessible window to the world, how much has the smartphone already changed and shaped our perception of and interaction with reality?
Even if this site is still under construction I hope you enjoy the thoughts, analyses and critiques I started to gather here. I think ist important to share and exchange about all these topics so if you like to discuss something feel welcome to drop me a line!
Tracking / Datafication
Data Sets / Predictive Analytics / Surveillance Capitalism on (training) data collection, user profiles and behavior commodification
AI / Algorithmic Governance / Ecological and Social Responsibilities
Digitalisation / Mathematics / Power on cultures of abstraction and our history of believing in numbers
Image Recognition / Algorithmic + Human Perception (How) does AI see and think?