Futel: The Network We Deserve

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm

Excerpt

Futel has provided free public telephone service, telephone-mediated art, and live human interaction for several years, and was recognized as Portland's most prolific payphone installer of 2016. Now that we are finally living in the cyberpunk dystopia promised in the 80s, we are poised to seize this moment.

Description

Futel has provided free public telephone service, telephone-mediated art, and live human interaction for several years, and was recognized as Portland’s most prolific payphone installer of 2016. Why do we do it? Is it sustainable?

Now that we are finally living in the cyberpunk dystopia promised in the 80s, we are poised to seize this moment. What aspects of the project make it effective, and how can we apply them to other creative technological projects, whether physical or on the net? Which constraints give us the freedom to use our abilities to effect change, or at least confuse people and delay boredom?

Speaking experience

Aquachoppers of C.H.U.N.K. 666, Research Club, September 2011.

Aquachoppers of C.H.U.N.K. 666, Dorkbot PDX, October 2011.

Aquachoppers of C.H.U.N.K. 666, Curiosity Club, April 2013.

Futel: The Future Of The Past Of Telephony, Open Source Bridge, June, 2014.

Futel Activity Report, ToorCamp, June 2016.

Futel: The Telephone Of The Future, Curiosity Club, April, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw5OtRhOwO0

Futel: Operators Are Sometimes Standing By, Portland Creative Coders, August, 2105.

Interview, Karaoke Research Council season 1 episode 3, January, 2016.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkfkxfBGuWM

Speaker

  • Biography

    Karl Anderson is an operator of Futel, a software engineer at Duo Security, a test designer at the Church of Robotron, and a staff mechanic third class at C.H.U.N.K. 666.

    Sessions

      • Title: Futel: The Network We Deserve
      • Track: Activism
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Futel has provided free public telephone service, telephone-mediated art, and live human interaction for several years, and was recognized as Portland’s most prolific payphone installer of 2016. Now that we are finally living in the cyberpunk dystopia promised in the 80s, we are poised to seize this moment.

      • Speakers: Karl Anderson