Post-industrial manufacturing systems : the impact of emerging technologies on design, craft and engineering processes

ATKINSON, Paul (2004). Post-industrial manufacturing systems : the impact of emerging technologies on design, craft and engineering processes. In: BURNETT, Gordon, (ed.) Challenging craft : International Conference 8-10 Sept. 2004. Aberdeen, Scotland, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University.

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Abstract

In a keynote speech at the recent Siggraph 04 conference in Los Angeles, the science fiction author Bruce Sterling explored the topic of ‘When Blobjects rule the world’ and spoke eloquently about the way technology was poised to take society as products themselves changed. He said that up to this point in history there had been four classes of objects: Artefacts - simple products produced by hand; Machines - complex mass produced objects; Products – bought and owned by consumers; and Gizmos – highly functional but short lived technological objects. He posited that as we have moved from one class of object to another, our relationship with objects has changed, that different material cultures have produced and been produced by different classes of objects. It is a truism to say that the mode of production and even the mode of retailing affect the relationship we have to objects. He also speculated that new production technologies will mean a far higher level of consumer involvement in specifying the end product, and that that involvement means that consumers will become participants in the production cycle rather than mere consumers of products.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Depositing User: Paul Atkinson
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 10:27
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2015 23:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8662

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