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  • 1. Code and PowerCCR 633 ::: 4/14/11Friday, April 15, 2011

2. code as writingFriday, April 15, 2011 3. critical code studiesFriday, April 15, 2011 4. What shifts when writingisnt human-readable?Friday, April 15, 2011 5. Code is the only language that is executable, meaning that it is the rst discourse that is materially affective.- Alexander Galloway, ProtocolFriday, April 15, 2011 6. How do we split agency between humans and machines?Friday, April 15, 2011 7. Who is doing what towhom? For whom?How does technologyreinforce or facilitate that?Friday, April 15, 2011 8. Does the context ofwar continue to inuence thesetechnologies?Friday, April 15, 2011 9. Friday, April 15, 2011 10. Friday, April 15, 2011 11. Friday, April 15, 2011 12. Heinrich HimmlerFriday, April 15, 2011 13. Dr. Josef MengeleFriday, April 15, 2011 14. Nazis were not just monstrous grown-upsFriday, April 15, 2011 15. Friday, April 15, 2011 16. Friday, April 15, 2011 17. Friday, April 15, 2011 18. Luftwaffe PilotFriday, April 15, 2011 19. Friday, April 15, 2011 20. SS-Sturmman, Wiking DivisionFriday, April 15, 2011 21. Not just men, either.Friday, April 15, 2011 22. Eva BraunFriday, April 15, 2011 23. Irma GreseFriday, April 15, 2011 24. Senior Auschwitz SupervisorFriday, April 15, 2011 25. 30,000 prisonersFriday, April 15, 2011 26. 19 years oldFriday, April 15, 2011 27. ordinary peopleFriday, April 15, 2011 28. not so different from usFriday, April 15, 2011 29. who did the daily work of the Holocaust.Friday, April 15, 2011 30. LaToya:we can see nothing happens in vacuum. There is no direct linkbetween new technologies and their consequences whether theyare good, bad, or somewhere in the middle; there is always amiddle man, woman, group, or human force whose will and/ orintention is the determining factor. I maintain that there is noneutral technology where there is human inuence....With this in mind, how can we re-member and learn from theways that technology has been used in the past to oppress, orcreate conditions that oppress others? How might this process ofre-membering inform and bring about more ethical practices in thefuture?Friday, April 15, 2011 31. Part 1: EniacFriday, April 15, 2011 32. A computer was a human being until approximately 1945. After that date, the term referred to a machine and the former humancomputers became operators.Friday, April 15, 2011 33. Friday, April 15, 2011 34. Friday, April 15, 2011 35. Friday, April 15, 2011 36. Friday, April 15, 2011 37. Friday, April 15, 2011 38. Friday, April 15, 2011 39. The ENIAC was then told to solve a difcultproblem that would have required several weekswork by a trained man. The ENIAC did it inexactly 15 seconds. The 15 seconds claimignores the time women spent setting up eachproblem on the machine. (474)Friday, April 15, 2011 40. Tim:But this story is bigger than a story of inclusion. These stories arestories of war machines. Of megamachines, to quote LewisMumford via Cynthia Haynes. And this story is about the colonialprice of inclusion in the halls of powerat any position. Because nomatter how utopian Vannevar Bush made the memex sound, theENIAC girls were partaking inhelping to perfectmachines ofultimate control. Death machines. The megamachine. What price,inclusion? What price, a more technical education and job? Whatprice, to develop technologies that stop the Nazis (insert anyother colonial monster here) and to enable them at the same time(remembering here the Onondaga land Im actually on as I typethis)? What price, to seek to include more and more in a systemthat cries out for radical transformation?Friday, April 15, 2011 41. Part II: HollerithFriday, April 15, 2011 42. Tim: all these inscription technologies, from clay tokens right up topunch cards and the ENIAC computer, have all been technologiesoriginally developed as systems for those in power to controlthose without it. Whether its death (Hole 8), or taxes (claytokens), technologies of inscription so often begin as systems ofmore efcient control.Friday, April 15, 2011 43. Friday, April 15, 2011 44. Friday, April 15, 2011 45. Friday, April 15, 2011 46. Tim:How might we, as teachers of art and writing inscription,continually politicize these technologies for ourselves andstudents?How might we inoculate ourselves against the silencing, theforgetting, the oh gee, isnt that cool? that so often accompaniesour professionalization, our technology use, our everydaypractices, that we might work to be more like Minnie Bruce andexcavate real use-able histories that might point us to bettermethods of imagination for transformation?Friday, April 15, 2011

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