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Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues

Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, Aarhus University Library, ISSN 2445-7221

Volume 1, 1, 2015

DOI:10.7146/aahcc.v1i1.21326, Dimensions: pub.1073610201,



  1. (1) University of Sussex, grid.12082.39
  2. (2) Indiana University Bloomington, grid.411377.7
  3. (3) Aarhus University, grid.7048.b, AU
  4. (4) IT University, Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark


The world machine is a new archetype for a socio-technical system drawing together a group of tools that combine computational powers with a social agenda of cross-world collaboration in resistance to dominant market rhetoric. Specifically, we look at how powers to connect, sense and infer can be combined and turned to crowd-sourcing public engagement with shared world issues - as an alternative to business-as-usual in the context of developing and deploying networked technology. We combine theoretical aspects of world machines, such as what a political entity of this kind might seek to do, and practical exercises that focus on design, with a view to exploring viability and examining what a related research agenda might involve. 

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