Dec. 11: From enjoying machines to telling the time (Stockholm)
Published: 3 December 2015 11:27 CET
The dominant feature of modern technology is not how productive it makes us, or how it has revolutionized the workplace, but how enjoyable it is. Welcome to an open seminar with Barry Brown, Mobile Life and the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV)! The seminar is held in English.
Barry Brown, Professor at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences and Mobile Life.
Barry Brown introduces his and Oskar Juhlin's new book “Enjoying Machines”, out this year from MIT Press. Brown and Juhlin argue that pleasure is fundamentally social in nature. We learn how to enjoy ourselves from others, mastering it as a set of skills. Drawing on their own ethnographic studies and on research from economics, psychology, and philosophy, Brown and Juhlin argue that enjoyment is a key concept in understanding the social world. They propose a framework for the study of enjoyment: the empirical program of enjoyment.
Barry Brown will also talk about the use of video to record and study how different mobile devices are used, their ‘in vivo’ method; recording screens, ambient audio and using wearable cameras together to give a unique perspective on how people interact and talk around mobile devices.
The seminar is in English language and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the seminar.