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Critical Technical Practice Laboratory

Critical Technical Practice is the creation of new technologies inspired by thought and analysis from the arts, social sciences, and humanities.
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The Critical Technical Practice Lab

The Critical Technical Practice Lab (CTP) was founded in 2015 through the LeapFrog M-ITI ERAChair Grant (Agreement 621413), by Prof. Christopher Csíkszentmihályi.

We are a research unit of Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), part of the LARSYS integrated laboratory of the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisboa. M-ITI specializes in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from a multidisciplinary perspective. CTP builds technologies by applying learnings from STS and humanist thought, with a focus on social justice and civic media.

CTP accepts PhD candidates through two degree programs: Networked Cyber Physical Systems (NETSYS, more technical) and Digital Media. NETSYS is offered in conjunction with the CMU Portugal program, while Digital Media is run in collaboration with University of Texas, Austin.

 

Projects

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ProBot

Most robotics technologies are first implemented in military applications, most of the rest for business. Following on a history of related work, Probots are inexpensive, human-sized protest robots. No one has lost money by replacing human labor with machines, efficient devils, so the unemployment has been rising, and newly graduated Spanish students that are out of work stay too much time drinking calimocho and protesting. The indignados are unorganized and inneficient! So it is time to automate them, send robots for protests, unemploying them twice.

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Rootio

RootIO Radio stations are tiny FM radio stations that require little investment, maintenance, or contribution from the community, yet at the same time offer more and better modes of interaction than traditional stations. After a few days of installation and training, stations can start to facilitate new economic opportunities, new opportunities for expression and deliberation, and provide information across, into, and out of the community they serve.