Category Archives: DEMAND Seminar

DEMAND Seminar: Giuseppe Salvia

czopxcbxcaag371Giuseppe Salvia, a DEMAND visitor from Politecnico di Milano, and returning visitor to Lancaster, talked about this research on the consequences of smart technologies in reconfiguring everyday practices.The title of his talk was ‘Smart technology vs smarter people?’

He asked whether a renegotiation of competencies from people to things might undermine people’s capacities and remit for action and decision making. With a focus on domestic life and personal mobility, Guiseppe drew on a range of examples of smart technologies from self-driving cars to automated cooking devices to illustrate how smart technologies extended and distinctly shifted debates about the relations between people and things.

Guiseppe argued that what is significantly different in the case of smart technology is that what is delegated is not work, but decision making. He questioned what the implications of such a delegation of competences would be for demand for energy, not only when smart devices and connected systems always have to be on, but when energy saving skills have been fully delegated to machines. Other questions raised in the discussion were about the delegation and distribution of competencies and the extent to which smart technologies signal changing relationships between people and things. There were also lots of interesting parallels and connections to ongoing work in demand including home heating, online shopping, and domestic IT use to mention just a few.

Guiseppe argued that what is significantly different in the case of smart technology is that what is delegated is not work, but decision making. He questioned what the implications of such a delegation of competences would be for demand for energy, not only when smart devices and connected systems always have to be on, but when energy saving skills have been fully delegated to machines.

Other questions raised in the discussion were about the delegation and distribution of competencies and the extent to which smart technologies signal changing relationships between people and things. There were also lots of interesting parallels and connections to ongoing work in demand including home heating, online shopping, and domestic IT use to mention just a few.

DEMAND Seminar: Sanneke Kloppenburg

kloppenburg-poster-300x225Sanneke Kloppenburg is a visting researcher at the DEMAND centre from Wageningen University, Netherlands. She currently works on a NWO-funded project:Emerging Energy Practices in the Smart Grid.

In this seminar Sanneke presented an introduction to this research project and some preliminary findings from their work on community energy storage as a distinct mode of storing energy. Their work looked at how new practices of storing energy emerge as sociotechnical systems develop.

The seminar raised plenty of questions about new ways of storing, managing, and using energy. Do technological developments in modes of storage really constitute significantly new sociotechnical systems and ways of consuming energy? Do new wasy of storage constitute new configurations of supply and demand, more or less flexible patterns of consumption, or new opportunities for saving or sharing energy?