My name is Christoph Schneider. I am a sociologist at the exciting Munich Center for Technology in Society where I work on issues concerning the democratisation of technology and do interdisciplinary teaching for engineers. As a citizen I am active in the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25) where we collaborate to create concepts, visions and alliances to save Europe by transforming it into a democratic and progressive political entity. In DiEM25 I am especially interested in the focus on technological sovereignty, shaping concepts that could democratise technology and innovation. Before my time in Munich I worked at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in Karlsruhe, Germany, a great place for transdisciplinary and engaged research into the technopolitical futures of the present. In 2017 I have completed my PhD (summa cum laude) 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 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.)
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