Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Heteromation: dividing labour between people and machines

7 October 2014

Jointly hosted by the Human Centered Technology Cluster and the Sciences & Technologies of Learning Network, join us on October 7 when Bonnie Nardi presents "Heteromation: dividing labour between people and machines".

Historically, computing has fashioned various divisions of labor between people and machines. Computing began with an impulse toward automation, then expanded to augmentation of the human intellect, and has now devised "heteromation" in which human labour is needed for the basic functioning of computational systems. Bonnie will discuss two heteromated systems: Mechanical Turk and the "Tribunal" in the video game League of Legends. These systems deploy various reward schemes to draw users into the system to induce them to work. What are the implications for education considering these emerging labour relations in the context of modern computing?

Event details

  • When: 2–3pm
  • Where: SIT lecture theatre 123 from 2–3pm to be followed by afternoon tea in the Wintergarden.
  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Register by 5pm Monday, September 29. Numbers are strictly limited
  • Registration:
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: +61 2 9351 2612

  • More info: Afternoon tea from 3–3.45pm
  • Speaker:Bonnie Nardi is a professor in the Department of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. She is interested in social theory, social life on the internet, and human computer interaction. Her current work includes studies of social life on the internet, occupational identity, and post-growth strategies for the design of information systems.

    Professor Nardi is the author of My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft (Michigan University Press 2010) and co-author of Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: a Handbook of Method (Princeton University Press, 2012). She recently co-edited Materiality and Organizing: Social Interaction in a Technological World (Oxford University Press, 2012). Earlier books include: Information ecologies: using technology with heart (MIT Press, 1999 with Vicki O’Day) and Acting with technology: activity theory and interaction design (MIT Press, 2006 with Victor Kaptelinin).

Bonnie Nardi - Heteromation: Dividing Labor between People and Machines

Where SIT lecture theatre 123 from 2-3pm to be followed by afternoon tea in the Wintergarden. When

7 October 2014

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