Speculative Computing: Basic Principles and Essential Distinctions

Johanna Drucker

in SpecLab

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226165073
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226165097 | DOI:
Speculative Computing: Basic Principles and Essential Distinctions

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This chapter discusses the basic principles of speculative computing and its distinction from digital humanities. It suggests that speculative computing distinguishes itself from digital humanities on the basis of its sources of inspiration and intellectual traditions. It explains that speculative computing builds on certain competencies developed in digital humanities but its theoretical polemic overturns the latter's premises in many respects. This chapter also discusses some of the sources of ideas and principles used in the development SpecLab.

Keywords: speculative computing; digital humanities; intellectual traditions; theoretical polemic; SpecLab

Chapter.  4110 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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