Aramis, or the Love of Technology by Bruno Latour

By Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour has written a distinct and lovely story of a technological dream long past fallacious. because the younger engineer and professor persist with Aramis' trail--conducting interviews, studying files, assessing the evidence--perspectives retain moving: in fact printed as multilayered, unascertainable, comprising an array of percentages priceless of Rashomon. The reader is ultimately ended in see the venture from the perspective of Aramis, and alongside the best way profits perception into the connection among people and their technological creations. This fascinating and profound e-book, half novel and half sociological research, is Latour at his thought-provoking most sensible.

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But what if there are four, or eight, or sixteen? At the outer edges of the network, there'll be just one train a day-it'll be like the Great Plains in the nineteenth century! And sub­ urbanites will buy a second car. It's inevitable. What you have to do is cut the branching trains into the smallest possible units. Just look at the diagram [Figure 2}: When some old lady-a housewife, let's say-wants to go down­ town, she fiddles with her keyboard. The computer calculates the best route. It says, 'I'll be there in two minutes'; it's like a taxi.

Prior to the fusion of kinematics a nd public transportation, no one had noticed that the transport function could be separated from the access function . This distinction is what allows the tech nological compromise to emerge: let's invent a system that never slows down and that nevertheless allows for personalized access. Aramis is a textbook case. No one in his or her right mind can be opposed to a PRT that marries, fuses, blends the private car with public transportation, a project that saves us from asphyxiation.

But then what? The trains, the empty trains that never seem to get calibrated. If you introduce a branch line, either you double the number of trains so as to maintain a constant frequency-and that's expensive-or else you cut the frequency in half. If there's just one branch line, you can do it. But what if there are four, or eight, or sixteen? At the outer edges of the network, there'll be just one train a day-it'll be like the Great Plains in the nineteenth century! And sub­ urbanites will buy a second car.

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