[SIGCIS-Members] Origin Stories: Plantations, Computers, and Industrial Control

Troy Astarte t.k.astarte at swansea.ac.uk
Tue May 30 05:16:03 PDT 2023

Dear all,

A colleague sent me this very interesting and thought provoking article exploring the links between the industrialisation of control in the 19th Century, the arrangement and organisation of the plantation, and Charles Babbages’ engines: https://logicmag.io/supa-dupa-skies/origin-stories-plantations-computers-and-industrial-control/. It makes a powerful argument for engaging with racialised consideration of labour in our understanding of the early origins of computing.

p.s. please remember to uphold the list Acceptable Use Policy (https://www.sigcis.org/aup) when discussing intellectually provocative pieces!


I am currently recovering from severe repetitive strain injury and consequently limiting typing. I am mostly dictating messages, which may lead to some strange results.


Dr. Troy Kaighin Astarte (they/them / nhw)

Lecturer, Computer Science / Darlithydd, Cyfrifiadureg
Swansea University / Prifysgol Abertawe

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