Professor in Creative Technology, University of Dundee
Jon Rogers is a professor in creative technology at the University of Dundee with over twenty five years of experience working at the interface between design and emerging technologies. His work explores the human intersection between digital technologies and the design of physical of things. He balances playful technologies with cultural and societal needs to find new ways to connect people to each other and to their data in an approach that explores not just what is possible but also what is responsible.
Following a recent three year fellowship based in Mozilla Berlin he is co-directing OpenDoTT, an EU funded doctoral training programme with Mozilla in trusted IoT. Beyond his work with Mozilla, Jon is collaborating with Quicksand and the National Institute of Design to explore how we can design for India’s sustainable digital futures. With the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts he is exploring new narratives for the design of voice assistants in our homes. In June 2020 he will take up a new professorship in Northumbria University’s School of Design.
Jon has worked with organisations like BBC, Microsoft, NASA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was trained as an engineer in the 90s with a doctorate in neural networks awarded during the “winter of AI”. Just before the start of this millennium he shifted position to embrace design. He believes, as many others do, that design was at the heart of what made the internet companies so powerful at that time. Since then, design has effectively provided the deception force that allowed us to be plugged into this surveillance driven digital economy. Design therefore has a responsibility to own up to this and make good what it has done to society. It is from this position that he is taking up a new professorship in Northumbria University’s School of Design in June 2020.
'Reimagining our bodies as data'
People used to be the users of the algorithms that drove the services we use. Now through complex often hidden, biometrics we are part of the algorithm that drives services. On our borders. In our banks. In our private homes. We are all being listened to, watched, scanned and observed in direct and indirect ways. Consent is opaque. Notions of trust are often used only as a marketing tool. The consequences are spoilt goods. If we want services to be tools for people, then we need to change the way we engage our bodies as data... more >
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