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Shaping Things to Come

Referent: Bruce Sterling

Datum: 13.12.2004
Uhrzeit: 19:00

Ort: Große Aula, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The computer revolution is invading the physical world of material objects. A number of trends are converging which will re-define the relationship between people and our tools and possessions. Already, objects are designed on computers with solid-modelling programs. They are manufactured from plastic or powder using cybernetic 3-D printers. They are tracked with digital inventory systems using computer-readable ID chips. They can be followed as they move across the planet´s surface by telephone cells and global-positioning satellites. They can be purchased and sold by e-commerce, and discussed by users groups. New forms of social software and customer relations management are appearing on the Web. Objects can be designed for disassembly and turned into smart trash.


Add these trends together and they form the picture of a new and


different kind of physicality. What does it mean?


And how will that feel? And what can we do about it?


Letzte Änderung 17.01.2006