My name is Christoph Schneider. I am a sociologist at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in Karlsruhe, Germany, a fantastic place for transdisciplinary and engaged research into the technopolitical futures of the present. Since 2013 I have been working on my PhD on open source hardware, especially digital fabrication, that interesting global assemblage which promises to make material production more ‘open’, technologically, socially and culturally. I am enlisted as a PhD student at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), a highly inspiring place for the study of TechnoScienceSociety.
I am particularly interested in the openness of the future and how knowledges and technologies entangle in future-making. Live is lived in and towards the not-yet. What is is becoming. The possible entails the possibility for a better world. And research, especially Technology Assessment, should engage in the contests for better (technosocial) worlds. (See Ernst Bloch’s The principle of hope for the most encompassing attempt to think the future, so far.)
You can find more information on my work at ITAS here: http://www.itas.kit.edu/mitarbeiter_schneider_christoph.php
I’d be happy to receive your comments, questions, feedback etc. on my work, my blog and its contents.
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