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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On the basis of a detailed empirical study, he has written three books in one: Frankenstein and his creation. This is because he combines philosophical sophistication with genuine delight in empirical fieldwork, a fluent and flexible style, an amazingly wide range of reference, and wit.

Apr 29, June rated it did not like it. Simultaneously, while investigating Aramis’s demise, Latour delineates the tenets of Actor-network theory.

Because of this varied mixture, and the frequent change of voices, in the end, the book becomes a mush itself, with the reader losing sight of what she is reading now, and what purpose it serves in aramjs innovative technological research.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The conundrum the author is after: As the knowledge of grammatical rules and vocabulary allows us to read, the knowledge of social dynamics allows us to interpret social phenomena.

However, these sections were balanced by extensive accounts of Latour, his mentor, direct quotes from interview subjects, and long selections from official documents. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. It appears in a casual passage when the researchers are discussing the automatic functions of Aramis, so the metaphysical regression can be made without modesty 1.


Society is the real object of study beneath any social research, and the particular aims of a research only can make sense in relation with that whole picture. Aramis, or the Love of Technology. Watson; a scholarly treatise introducing the modern sociology of technology; and a reproduction of original archival documents. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

As the subject of the project becomes ‘objectified’ more and more, these fields converge through compromises and realignments. It also provides, mainly in the form of methodological discussions, the groundwork for a theory of technology and society.

Bruno Latour’s “Aramis or the love of technology” – Critical commentary

Innovations create common sense, building it along the way. It began well, but soon just seemed to get very repetitive with him belaboring each point. wramis

No trivia or quizzes yet. Unfortunately, here the main research question who killed a something that cannot be alive is so biased, that any frame proposed by the informants is highly useful. Technically, Latour does not offer us any real answer, but an abstract idealization and mystification of technology, which is misleading and apart us from the possibility of a sociological understanding of technology.

Latour tries to depict what he calls ‘the mush of innovation’ through the use of multiple voices and perspectives, including the narrative voice of the reporters, excerpts from interviews, heartfelt complaints from Aramis itself, and dialogues between Dr. Daughter needed for school and it was a great price. Latour dissects a large technical project.

Customers who bought this item also bought. In a nutshell, the French Aramis transit project proposed packet switching as a solution to human transport problems though, so far as I can tell, neither the author nor any reviews I have yet read have made this connection. Ltour About Aramis, or the Lo Jesse Hession Grayman rated it really liked it May 29, The Aramis system is a form of “Personal Rapid Transit” and I have further online reading links in delicious under the keywords transportation and prt.


Why did such a promising project, into which millions of francs were invested in 13 years, and positive reports of progress were written in regular intervals, suddenly get cancelled without getting deployed anywhere?

Aramis, or the Love of Technology by Bruno Latour

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. Any policy maker who contemplates spending public money on technological innovation should read it before signing his or her first contractual agreement. The story is told not only from the viewpoint of reports on the failure of the project, but also from the viewpoint of Aramis itself, also mixing in expositions on the nature of technology, and interviews with the main actors in what appears to be a really complicated affair.

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