Broken Metaphor: The Master-Slave Analogy in Technical Literature

@article{Eglash2007BrokenMT,
  title={Broken Metaphor: The Master-Slave Analogy in Technical Literature},
  author={Ron Eglash},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  year={2007},
  volume={48},
  pages={360 - 369}
}
  • R. Eglash
  • Published 21 May 2007
  • Computer Science
  • Technology and Culture
The use of the term "master-slave" is currently quite common in technical descriptions of control relation between two devices: automotive clutch and brake systems (master cylinder, slave cylinder), clocks, flip-flop circuits, computer drives, radio transmitters, and others. This essay describes the history of its technical use, dating from its origin in 1904, and the various relations between its technical usage and its racialized social connotations. We then examine various hypotheses for why… 

The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology, and Pain in American Literature

Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Slavery, insurance, and sacrifice: the embodiment of capital 2. Debt, self-redemption, and foreclosure 3. Machines inside the machine: slavery and

"IT was a War that Wore out both Men and women..." - Metaphors in an Information System Project

TLDR
The findings of this qualitative case study indicate that IS developers and experts use many kinds of metaphors to make sense of the IS project they work on, and suggests that emphasizing constructive metaphors could be beneficial for many projects.

SLAVERY: ANNUAL BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SUPPLEMENT (2007)

For 2007 the bibliography continues its customary coverage of secondary writings published since 1900 in western European languages on slavery or the slave trade anywhere in the world: monographs,

Collection of Metaphors for Human-Robot Interaction

TLDR
By identifying assumptions, this work provides a comprehensible list of aspects to reconsider regarding robots’ physicality, roles, and behaviors and proposes new ways of examining how the authors can use, relate to, and co-exist with the robots that will share their future.

Metaphors of Change: Navigating a Revolution in Engineering Education

ABSTRACT Engineering education is often decontextualized, even as it is suffused with metaphoric language and sociocultural norms and beliefs. Efforts to embed social context and sociotechnical

Robots and Insects: Gender, Sexuality, and Engagement in “Mixed Societies” of Cockroaches and Robots

TLDR
Through their mutual engagement, both the robots and the cockroaches change each other's "habitus," or "feel for the game" as Bourdieu (1984) calls it, in ways that shift the cockroach's most basic instincts.

Curb Cuts and Computers: Advocating for Design Equality in the 1980s

This article concerns the history of the curb cut metaphor as applied to personal computer technology in the 1980s. Disability advocates used the metaphor to argue the necessity for accessibility

Opacity versus Computational Reflection Modelling Human-Robot Interaction in Personal Service Robotics

TLDR
The epistemological and ontological foundations of social robotics and especially human-robot interaction (HRI) are analyzed and a more reflexive and thereby user-friendly approach for human- robot interaction is proposed.

We Tell These Stories to Survive: Towards Abolition in Computer Science Education

Computer science (CS) education finds itself at a pivotal moment to reckon with what it means to accept, use, and create technologies, with the continued recruitment of minoritized students into the

Resistance and refusal to algorithmic harms: Varieties of ‘knowledge projects’

TLDR
This work identifies modes of refusal that recognize the limits of Big Tech's resistance and encourage a rethinking of the place and value of technologies in mediating human social and personal life; and not just how they can deterministically ‘improve’ social relations.

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 18 REFERENCES

Social Choice in Machine Design: The Case of Automatically Controlled Machine Tools, and a Challenge for Labor

One morning in September of 1977, the Lykes Company, a diversified conglomerate, announced that it was Closlrlg down the Campbell Steel Works of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company. Taking the town

Culturally Situated Design Tools: Ethnocomputing from Field Site to Classroom

Ethnomathematics is the study of mathematical ideas and practices situated in their cultural context. Culturally Situated Design Tools (CSDTs) are web-based software applications that allow students

Factors Associated with the Underrepresentation of African Americans in Mathematics and Science.

In an attempt to understand college students' impressions of scientists, Beardslee and O'Dowd (1961) surveyed the attitudes of students from four northeastern colleges. The results of this

Cyborgs & citadels : anthropological interventions in emerging sciences and technologies

Some of the country's most influential thinkers use anthropological methods and theories to examine the practices and practitioners of contemporary science, technology, and medicine in the United

Six Months in Ascension; an Unscientific Account of a Scientific Expedition

THOSE who know anything of Ascension will wonder how on earth any one could find sufficient material during even a six months' stay to write a volume of 300 pages upon it. We doubt if any one but a

Beamtimes and Lifetimes: The World of High Energy Physicists

Preface Acknowledgments Prologue: An Anthropologist Studies Physicists Touring the Site: Powerful Places in the Laboratory Inventing Machines That Discover Nature: Detectors at SLAC and KEK Pilgrim's