Reflecting back on this semester, I feel I have learnt how powerful the field of design is. Designers decide major social practices, behavioral patterns and create a huge impact on human life. And with this power, designers have huge responsibilities. The responsibilities include, making their designs accessible for all, making the designs sustainable, making sure that the design is not biased towards any particular social group and that technology isn’t leading to any harmful practices or behaviours. Design also has the power to create systems and practices which will heal the Earth, empower communities and change the unjust systems.Considering all…

I really enjoyed the lecture and could learn a lot from it. The history of the world tells us why it is the way it is today. I resonated with the modern world being a new type of colonialism. International organizations like the UN are controlled by the west. They get to decide about different issues of the world from their perspective. The west dominates over the world economically and politically. Majority of non-white countries still believe that the white countries and their culture is superior to the non-white cultures. …

It was interesting to see how technology can have a social impact beyond the factors by which it is judged like efficiency and environmental impact. The design of the low hanging over passes in Long Island really got me thinking. I could have never imagined that technological designs could be used to reinstate racism. If the designer wasn’t racist or was a person of color, the design wouldn’t be the same. So the next question which arises is what would be the impact of developments in Artificial Intelligence on our society. Does the answer depend only on the nature of…

Discipline is something that I feel is now embodied in us. As Foucault rightly points out, in today’s world we are the warden and the prisoner. We are constantly trying to be exactly that perfect person which we are expected to be. It’s interesting to see how we are disciplined from the school itself. We need to follow the schedules perfectly, we need to dress perfectly and we need to talk and behave in the permissible range. If we do not follow the norms, we are punished. Now, I could also relate that at least in the Indian schools the…

I agree that we are cyborgs. Technology has almost become a part of us. Phones are our extensions and we can actually feel handicapped without our phones. Things like hearing aids and glasses actually fit into us and improve our capabilities. In the future this hybridization might increase with more technology and less human body. Like Donna Haraway has pointed out, it’s interesting to think if cyborgs can merge races & genders. The popular classifications of race are mainly based on skin color, with other relevant features like height, eyes, and hair. These superficial physical differences are determined by only…

I resonated with the concept of horizon of likes. We always have things we don’t like seeing, the places we don’t like visiting and the people we don’t like meeting. We somehow know with the past experiences that meeting this particular person is going to cause unhappiness. We also know about situations and places. In a way we can control our happiness by being on one side of the horizon of our likes, whenever possible. We always associate things, places and people with happiness. The objects surrounding these things also get associated with happiness. For me, hearing again the music…

I resonated a lot with the Bourdieu’s Cultural Capital, the Love of Art & Hip Hop. We can many times see that choices of individuals belonging to the same classes or having the same backgrounds are similar. One of the explanations could be that as attitude affects the behavior, it is more likely that persons with similar preferences will encounter each other. For example it is more likely that people who like visiting museums will meet more of such people when they visit museums. Our tastes and habits are dictated by our social environments and our minds. My mother being…

I found Nelly Oudshoor’s Beyond the Natural Body really intriguing. I had never thought on how the process of inventing a drug would be. So many socio-political factors also affect the process. It is interesting to see how much effort scientists had to take for collecting the research material. Scientists had to make alliances with other relevant social groups like gynecologists and slaughterhouses for the research on sex hormones . Also the three groups, laboratory scientists, pharmaceutical companies and gynecologists were initially operating independently and later they got related and dependent on each other. It is pivotal that the availability…

I think the comparison between robots and human beings is really an interesting topic. The advancements in Artificial Intelligence can make robots interact and move exactly like humans. They can play games, identify objects, recognize the emotions from voice and facial expressions and so much more. But the main thing that robots will lack is the ability to feel pain. We understand other human beings, because we have been through similar experiences and hence we can imagine what they are going through. We can feed a robot with what we can call a painful experience but that will be exactly…

I agree with the statement that mythology is present everywhere. Even our social media posts and stories are sort of myths that we create about ourselves. We only post pictures and images that we feel will form the image of us that we want to create in other’s minds. Our lives are so much more than that. Smiling is just one way of expression and we express ourselves in so many different ways even in a single day. But what people mostly post is pictures with smiles, pictures of trips, trips are also just an annual thing for the majority…

Soham Lakade

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