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


  • Ann Light University of Sussex Falmer, UK
  • Jeff Bardzell Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • Shaowen Bardzell Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • Geoff Cox Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark
  • Jonas Fritsch IT University, Copenhagen Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Lone Koefoed Hansen Aarhus University Aarhus, Denmark



Sharing, ecological, environment, sensing, inference, networks, neoliberalism, politics, archetypes, values.


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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How to Cite

Light, A., Bardzell, J., Bardzell, S., Cox, G., Fritsch, J., & Hansen, L. K. (2015). Making “World Machines”: Discourse, Design and Global Technologies for Greater-than-self Issues. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, 1(1), 3.



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