Category: history of medicine/science

Work in Progress: Eugenic Rubicon

I’m currently working on a number of different ways to present materials from the Eugenic Rubicon project. This is my first attempt at working with a TimelineJS – it’s imperfect because time is actually not the critical factor here for me, but I appreciate the way it allows me to lay out the material and then for users to move through it. I’ll be integrating media etc as time allows. Feedback is always welcome.

For now – please know that this presents notes from 20th century California medical records to authorize sterilization (legal under eugenics laws) of children between the ages of 8-14 and that it’s not an easy experience to sit with some of these words.

Wearables/Algocracy working bibl

As is my way, I’ve been working with a few folks on another shared bibliography – this time on wearables and algorithmic culture.

I’m pleased that our reading list includes of number of important pieces/books by women and I thought I’d share it with others.





Abbate, Janet. Inventing the Internet

Bennett, Jane  Vibrant Matter

Bogost, Ian Cathedral of Computation

Bouk, Dan How our days became numbered: risk and the rise of the statistical individual

Carpo, Mario, The Alphabet and the Algorithm

Chun, Wendy H. K., Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006)

Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011)

Crawford, Kate – lots of articles…coming soon.

Digital Echoes lecture

Danaher, John “Rule By Algorithm”

Mager, Astrid, “Algorithmic Ideology: How Capitalism Shapes our Search Engines”, Information, Communication and Society, Vol. 15(5), 2012: 769-787.

Lippold, Cheney, John, “A New Algorithmic Identity: Soft Biopolitics and the Modulation of Control”, Theory, Culture & Society, November 2011, Vol. 28(6): 164-181.

Striphas, Ted Rule by Algorithm and  “The Archive of Algorithmic Culture”

Walker-Rettenberg, Jill. Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

Wegenstein, Bernadette Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory

Weigel, Moira “Fitted”Zylinska, Joanna and Sarah Kember, Life after New Media (MIT 2012)

On Haptics in Particular

Smart baby nursery — about mimo,”, accessed: 2015-10-26.

Collier, Emotional expression. Psychology Press, 2014

J. Linden, Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. Penguin, 2015.

]  M. W. Kraus, C. Huang, and D. Keltner, “Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the nba.” Emotion, vol. 10, no. 5, p. 745, 2010.

E. Williams and J. A. Bargh, “Experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth,” Science, vol. 322, no. 5901, pp. 606–607, 2008.

M. Ackerman, C. C. Nocera, and J. A. Bargh, “Incidental haptic sensations influence social judgments and decisions,” Science, vol. 328, no. 5986, pp. 1712–1715, 2010.

Montagu, Touching: The human significance of the skin. Columbia U. Press, 1971.

Smith and K. MacLean, “Communicating emotion through a haptic link: Design space and methodology,” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 65, no. 4, pp. 376–387, 2007.

N. Bailenson, N. Yee, S. Brave, D. Merget, and D. Koslow, “Virtual interpersonal touch: expressing and recognizing emotions through haptic devices,” Human–Computer Interaction, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 325–353, 2007.

Rantala, K. Salminen, R. Raisamo, and V. Surakka, “Touch gestures in communicating emotional intention via vibrotactile stimulation,” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 679–690, 2013.

Salminen, V. Surakka, J. Lylykangas, J. Raisamo, R. Saarinen, R. Raisamo, J. Rantala, and G. Evreinov, “Emotional and behavioral responses to haptic stimulation,” in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ser. CHI ’08. New York, NY, USA: ACM, 2008, pp. 1555–1562. [Online]. Available:

Raisamo, R. Raisamo, and V. Surakka, “Comparison of saltation, amplitude modulation, and a hybrid method of vibrotactile stimulation,” Haptics, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 517–521, 2013.

S. Stevens, Psychophysics. Transaction Publishers, 1975.

C. Wilson and M. Morioka, “The effect of vibration magnitude on equivalent sensation contours at the thenar eminence of the hand,” 44th UK Conference on Human Responses to Vibration, pp. 149–159, 2009.

Kozel, Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology. MIT Press, 2007.

F. A. Geldard, “Adventures in tactile literacy.” American Psychologist, vol. 12, no. 3, p. 115, 1957.


Other related

QS as Alternative Big Data

Wired’s “Know Thyself”

Pew on self-tracking

Algorithmic Culture Reading List at Microsoft Research

Governing Algorithms reading list

Jamie Mcdonald  – Algorithmic Studies critical survey