Philip Moffitt

Wednesday, May 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
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Philip Moffitt

What's the talk about?

Philip Moffitt's work and research has exposed a number of stubborn myths related to technology and the post-Internet society, in particular to the Internet of Things (IoT).  In this talk he'll begin by outlining what is meant by the IoT and then look at associated issues including an analysis of how technology shapes - and is shaped by - our shared culture and history.  He will then combine historical case studies of previous technological innovations with practical tasks to build IoT devices so that the potential benefits and challenges of the IoT are collaboratively explored.

Unlike those who claim that the IoT will ultimately either imprison us or emancipate us; Philip will suggest that its true power, and its long-term relationships with human agency, will only be revealed when it is conceived as one of many taken-for-granted mediators of our human activity.  This will require analysing how we got to this point, exposing and then normalising relationships between the IoT and other cultural mediators.  This thinking exercise is often sadly neglected by engineers and strategists.  Feel free to bring along your own ideas and discussion points!

Philip is a Chartered Engineer and Facilities Manager.  He has previously designed, built and managed energy and utilities systems, provided consultation in the assurance and reliability of critical national infrastructure, and been an ethical hacker for industrial control systems in water and wastewater engineering.  He is currently conducting original research into the democratization of technology in work and learning for remote teams in high risk environments.  He is also a STEM ambassador and a regular contributor to the SAM sessions for the youngsters at No. 84 (