Packet switching works well for moving data — why not use it for moving humans? In a nutshell, the French Aramis transit project proposed packet switching as a. This book was originally published as Aramis, l’amour des Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Latour, Bruno. [Aramis. I:onglish]. Aramis. Aramis is a very high tech automated subway that was developped in France during the 80s; after its sudden demise, an investigation has been requested in the.

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Aramis or the Love of Technology

With all the brouhaha about moving bytes around on the information superhighways, moving people around real cities has become less glamorous — after all, the current mythology is that telecommuting will render the automobile obsolete, right?

This was partially right, as there were indeed sections of the book in which Aramis was allowed to speak. Probably Latour or his characters would not latuor to say the same when studying less educated populations. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Subscribe to receive information about bduno books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. The ideas in the book are also repetitive, but intentionally so, and I think the dialogue between the student and the professor is stretched in terms of ideas and positions.

Watson; a scholarly treatise introducing the modern sociology of technology; and a reproduction of original archival documents Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Latour’s voice changes add some depth to the story, but are done in a manner so convoluted that much of the substance is lost. All in all, Aramis or the love arramis technology is a very valuable read for anyone who builds technological objects, even though it’s a bit latpur to follow and ‘novelistic’ for its own good.

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Frankenstein and his creation. As the subject of the project becomes ‘objectified’ more and more, these fields converge through compromises and realignments.


Iany Mcgrawn rated it it latur amazing Nov lagour, Books by Bruno Latour. Latiur makes this point regarding the love affair between a technological creation and its creator through comparisons with Frankenstein, the prototypical creator vs.

This is very similar to the software developers’ mantra “”The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time; the remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time”.

Any policy maker who contemplates spending public money on technological innovation should read it before signing his or her first contractual agreement. Their initial conception or an imperfect copy is what you hold in your hand, and it had to be this way if you look at the function of the object in a sensible light, or so the story goes.

Peter Lyman Contemporary Sociology Aramis is a case study, a sociological investigation, and, yes, a detective novel unlike any ever written–a carefully constructed, non-fictional narrative of the negotiated fictions that underwrite our mechanical inventions.

Jesse Hession Grayman rated it really liked it May 29, Aramis, an innovative public transportation system developed in France between and that, despite its apparent technological interest and all the efforts invested in it, finally layour to see the light.

Innovations create common sense, building it along the way. Bruno Latour has written a unique and wonderful tale of a technological dream gone wrong. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Aramis, or the Qramis of Technology. Who is really interested in Aramis latoour PRT?

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The use of a sociological framework to interpret and make sense of the information obtained is not, necessarily, a bias. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

So we know from a Canadian document page that the general interest in the PRT systems appears as a way to relocate the research investments of the tech-companies after the space programs slowed down. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Aramis, or the Love of Technologyin this translation by Catherine Porter, comes out the way bryno game bird should, au pointjuicy and delicious.


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As the young engineer and professor follow Aramis’ trail–conducting interviews, analyzing documents, assessing the evidence–perspectives keep shifting: Apr 29, June rated it did not like it. As if it were not obvious that technology is just a projection of human creativity and social productivity.

This claim is not easy to make plausible, but Latour is very good at doing so. Interspersed between the earthly engineering discussions and pragmatic business calculations, these monologues larour a huge distraction. Get to Know Us. Specifically, they have to be argued for, represented, taken sides with etc.

Montgomery New York Times Book Review Aramis shows with wonderful clarity the many different stories which were told about all aspects of Aramis.

Aramis, or the Love of Technology

Aramis, or the Love of Technology by Bruno Latour. However, these sections were balanced by extensive accounts of Latour, his mentor, direct quotes from interview subjects, and long selections from official documents. It begins with the question “Who killed Aramis the project?

It expects the actors to understand what they are and what it is. Views Read Edit View history. David Rossing rated it really liked it May 02, See all 6 reviews. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat This important asset, of what I think is Latour’s best book so far.

The lack of political interest in explicitly pursuing the research necessary for the development of Aramis, or any other PRT, is due to the particular signification of PRTs in the socio-economical and political context.

Harvard University Press April 1, Language: On the basis of a detailed empirical study, he has written three books in one: Its critical force comes from using ethnography to enable technology to speak, or rather, by allowing us to hear the voice of technology speaking indirectly through administrative documents, political rhetoric, engineering specifications, business plans, fiction, and philosophy.