I just finished reading Evgeny Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism. Do you know this feeling: you turn the pages, thinking “I fully agree”, “yes”, and then the feeling turns into an “If he would only know our work” – sigh. On Sunday, I took on the final chapter “Smart Gadgets, Dumb User” (which starts with a Bruno Latour quote ;-)) and there on position 5951: “A trio of German designers at the Folkwang University of the Arts set out to build what they call ‘transformational products’ … ” followed by a little review of the Never-Hungry-Caterpillar extension cord and the Forget-Me-Not reading lamp.
And in this keynote, Evgeny Morozov even talks about it (minute 20) (Seven on Seven Keynote, 20. April 2013, at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium).
And this is what he talks about: