Maja van der Velden | Global Agenda


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Each eye of a dragonfly contains up to 30,000 facets. A dragonfly will need to process up to 60,000 images in order to make sense of its surroundings. How would our world look like if we were able to see through more eyes than the pair we have? What would be our view if, in order to make sense of our surroundings, we had to integrate the ways other people see to our own vision?

Is my digital screen - with its cyberview - the ultimate singular facet? Will this view smoothly merge my vision with the millions of other visions? Will we, in the end, all know the same things, dream the same dreams, and create a virtual monoculture of the mind? What happens to the cultures and knowledges that don't fit the screen?

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Dragonfly pictures -
    Unless stated otherwise, all pictures are with courtesy of the Digital Dragonfly Museum.  
Programming for Cognitive Justice
The importance of cognitive justice for the design and development of information systems is that it provides a framework that challenges the assumed neutrality of the technology and the technology designer. With cognitive justice there is no objective ‘expert’ position from which to design and develop technology. Cognitive justice focuses information systems design on the knowers and the environments in which their knowledge is situated. As a result, the design process itself becomes a dialogue of diverse interests and values. The importance of this dialogue is that it takes place during the design of the "technical arrangements that precede the use of the technology in question”.
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