Contemporary disasters – racism, environmental destruction, labor exploitation, platforms that colonize our social networks, and so on – have one feature in common: they are all examples of value that is extracted; that is, alienated from its generative source. Computational technologies can be designed to act as prosthetics for this wounded body politic: restoring the ability to generate and circulate value rather than extract it. Supported by an NSF “Future of Work” grant, we report on some initial experiments in developing methods, techniques and strategies in the design of these technologies for generative justice.
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Dr. Ron Eglash is a Professor in the School of Information at University of Michigan. He received his B.S. in Cybernetics, his M.S. in Systems Engineering, and his PhD in History of Consciousness, all from the University of California. His work as Fulbright scholar was published as African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design. Other work, funded by NSF, HUD, and Department of Education, include the Culturally Situated Design Tools software suite; new practices in African architecture, and development for urban sustainability.