The Hard Humanities And SociallyRobust Science in the Anthropocene Roger F Malina UT Dallas
The Anthropocene• “informal” geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earths ecosystems.•• With an impact sufficiently extensive as to be detectable in the geological record.
Hard Humanities• Transforming human societies so that they are sustainable requires massive “cultural innovation”• The hard humanities are the approaches needed to bring about systemic cultural innovation.• This is the first time that we are faced with designing our culture rather than evolving it.
Towards « socially robust science « ? • Helga Nowotny, President European • . Research Council:• « ..Society is moving into a position where it is increasingly able to communicate its wishes, desires and fears to Science »• Harold Vasselin artist in residence at the Provence Climate Change Observatory
Mechanisms for Socially Robust Science• Open Observatory Manifesto•• The RIGHT to the data taken about you.•• The DUTY to contribute open data about your context and environment
• Open Observatories: .• Coupling Common Sense to Common Science• Micro-Science o Micro Science is to the Italian Science Foundation What Micro Credit is to the World Bank• Making science intimate o Owning data about your own environment o Science creating communities own their knowledge o o• Science- Art Projects and Art-Science Projects • Art driven use of scientific methods and instruments • Science driven development of cultural artifacts
We are becoming a data taking culture Calm Technologies/Distributed Sensing/Locative Media• Weiner 1991 Xerox Parc• Eg Eric Paulos, Intel• www.urban-atmospheres.net/ CitizenScience• active participation in basic scientific data gathering• richer, finer-grain data sets for modeling• mobile phone for grassroots participation in government and policy making• Trash Truck project
Citizen’s Science• Environment 2.0• FutureEverything Festival• Drew Hemment, UK•• Bubbles: Meteorological Office project with artists and children• Bio-Tagging: Urban Ecology and Artists
People’s Science • Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti: Indian People’s Science Networks • Brazil Digital Culture projects • Sergipe « Human Project » o Humbi Umbi in Brazil • Srishti School, Bangalore • Ubiquitous micro science producing communities • Open Hardware • Hacker Culture, Bricolabs • • OPEN OBSERVATORIES
Participatory Mapping • Congo Participatory• Click to edit Mapping Project Master text • Buckminster Fuller styles Challenge award Second level finalist 2011 Third level • Empowers local forest Fourth level communities to use Fifth level cutting edge technologies to map their lands and resources • Use this evidence as advocacy and
Boulder USA, Community Gardens Community Mapping
GRASSROOTS MAPPING• http://grassrootsmapping.org• • Click to edit Master• MIT MEDIA LAB text styles• Design Ecology Group Second level• Center for Future Civic Media Third level Fourth level• Fifth level• Jeff Warren • Click to edit Master• text styles• Example of COMMUNITY Second level REMOTE SENSING Third level Fourth level Fifth level 12
Leonardo Lovely Weather Residencies SOFTDAY: Marbh ChriosMusical Performances from Ocean Dead Zones
DATA• Data is Power• Become a data taking culture• “Occupy” Big Data• Citizen Science• Arts and Humanities on the front lines of cultural innovation• The Hard Humanities• Socially Robust Science