‹Programming› 2018
Mon 9 - Thu 12 April 2018 Nice, France
Tue 10 Apr 2018 10:07 - 10:30 at Baie des Anges A - Session 1

A new way to code up social apps emerges from studying how people use ordinary speech to set up social roles and obligations. Sentences like “whoever hosts the potluck has to contact the guests” and “once two people swipe right on each other, they can exchange messages” are made machine interpretable with a little extra punctuation. This approach–combined with a shared database of these social rules–leads to social software that works more like social conventions: it can be defied, expressively reinterpreted, and remodeled by the user. It also leads to much more flexible style of coordination, with greater support for individual leadership, individual discretion, and more open-ended collaborations. This can address a number of modern social ills.

I believe the current political moment demands a change in the way human systems (social networks, political systems, organizations) are designed; and making this change means having a clearer understanding of people (and of how they live and cooperate).

In tech, I was lucky to learn from people like Alan Kay, Terry Winograd, and Bill Verplank at Interval Research, from Casey Fenton at CouchSurfing (where I developed the metrics which guided the company), from Howie Shrobe and Marvin Minksy at MIT. And more recently through conversations with Bret Victor and Rob Ochshorn.

My direct philosophocal antecedents are Amartya Sen, Charles Taylor, David Velleman, and Ruth Chang.

Tue 10 Apr
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09:00 - 10:30: PX/18 - Session 1 at Baie des Anges A
px-2018-papers09:00 - 09:22
Friedrich SteimannFernuniversität
px-2018-papers09:22 - 09:45
Louis SpinelliUniversity of Washington, USA, Maulishree PandeyUniversity of Michigan, Stephen OneyUniversity of Michigan
px-2018-papers09:45 - 10:07
Ragnar MogkTechnische Universität Darmstadt, Guido SalvaneschiTU Darmstadt, Mira MeziniTU Darmstadt
px-2018-papers10:07 - 10:30