John Leslie King from the University of Michigan will deliver the keynote under the title Theorizing About Technology. Read the abstract below.
Technologies affect people through socio-technical systems. The “socio” is more influential and difficult to understand than the “technical.” Adjectives are less important than the nouns they modify, so the right research question is, “What is the nature of [noun] such that [adjective] makes any difference?” Skepticism is advised because predictions about technology are commonly exaggerated. Theorizing about technology is de rigueur in a technology-crazed environment, but much technology theorizing is undisciplined. This discussion pushes discipline when theorizing about technology for research purposes.