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Posted at Mar 26/2016 07:52PM:
kokoro: just a few car ,few technology on this website.


Posted at May 16/2013 06:02AM:
Jim: As a trained sociologist I sometimes wonder about the intellectual side of the automobile, what is the automobile, how has it evolved, what does it say about society, but what truly fascinates me are the pockets of culture it deposits along the way like pre-war, post-war, the muscle car era of the 60s, and the change fostered by government intervention of the early 70s much like today mandating higher mpg, quite ironic since the most popular vehicle is the truck. This in itself expresses something about society, maybe utilitarian, maybe ego. Companies have not focused on raising mpg of trucks only smaller cars. However, innovation even with government intrusion finds a way to produce six hundred horsepower cars and ninety mpg ones to satisfy the bureaucrats. Going past all this my love of classics as well as modern looks at the automobile as living history that everyone can enjoy. We can't go back to the 60s, but we can enjoy the rides of the era, the personalities of individual cars, the exhilaration and real experience of pushing the "pedal to the metal" in a 1962 factory Super Stock 413 Plymouth Savoy or the brute force "scary" acceleration of a 1968 Hurst Super Stock Hemi Dart, that came with a disclaimer "not for street use." Even though the new cars like the Chevrolet Z06 or ZR1 are technologically performance wonders able to take 55 mph corners at 100 mph without noticing it, able to leap small buildings in a single bound, they lack personality and the rush experienced is definitely not the same, it does not put the smile on my face like the cars of the 1960's performance era. Car shows, collectors, and the rest of us will not let this part of living history die, they will live forever.


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Cars: Past, Present, and Future

a series of conversations with Michael Shanks

coDirector of The Revs Program at Stanford

organized with Stanford Continuing Studies [link]


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Please join the conversation and share your stories about cars - we all have them!

Use the comment box at the bottom of the page, enter your name and the password and off you go ...


In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, it was a murder weapon. In the movie The Graduate, it was a symbol of youthful rebellion. In countless songs it has served as a metaphor for everything from sexuality to social status. It has shaped our cities and changed our history. It has expanded our horizons and determined our politics. It is the automobile.

In this course we will explore the past, present, and future of the automobile, bridging the humanities, social sciences, design, and engineering, and taking up the human experiences of designing, making, driving, being driven, living with, and dreaming of the automobile. Conversations with guest colleagues from Stanford and beyond will focus on a different theme each week and will be supported by readings and media: cars in the movies; the quest for speed and performance; the engineering challenges of automobility; the psychology of driving; automotive archaeology; the future of mobility; autonomous cars; the car as art; and cars and globalization. Overall the course is intended to offer a case study in the interdisciplinary understanding of human-centered design. Rooted in an appreciation of the richness of our human experience with the car, the course is informed by history, archaeology, ethnography, human-technology interaction, mechanical engineering, and cognitive science.

The conversations are offered as part of The Revs Program at Stanford - founded in 2011 to inspire a new trans-disciplinary field connecting the past, present and future of the automobile, to foster an intellectual community bridging the humanities and fine arts, social sciences, design, science and engineering, and the professions.

The Revs Program is focused on the human experiences of designing, making, restoring, driving, being driven by, living with, admiring, and dreaming of the automobile, as well as the automobile itself as machine, work of art, and cultural symbol.

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:50 pm

History Corner, Building 200, Room 002

10 weeks, September 26 - December 5

(No class on November 21)


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The Guests

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26 September
Jonathan Summers. Motoring historian, film maker, and docent at a major car museum on the West Coast. Jon has a particular passion for motor racing, and a soft spot for neglected old “bangers”. He is currently working on a book about the future of automotive heritage with Michael Shanks. http://www.jonsummers.net/

3 October
Joe Hustein, Lecturer in Product Design in the Stanford School of Engineering. Joe brings his three decades of experience as an engineer, industrial designer, and business lawyer to the Stanford community interested in the design of cars. He’s always been a car enthusiast and for the last ten years has played key roles managing the Palo Alto Concours de’ Elegance. http://www.stanford.edu/group/revs/people.html

10 October
Fred Turner. Professor, Department of Communication, Director of Science Technology Science Program at Stanford. A cultural historian, Fred's research and writing takes in the connections between technology, industry and the cultural imagination in America since the 1940s. http://fredturner.stanford.edu/.

17 October
Reilly Brennan, Executive Director, Revs Program at Stanford. Reilly joined Stanford after a decade of experience in media and communications associated with the world of cars. He is a key figure leading Revs in its mission to become the wold's foremost interdisciplinary program studying the car and everything automotive. http://www.stanford.edu/group/revs/

24 October
Lochlann Jain, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. Lochlann has turned the eye of the anthropologist on car design and car cultures, looking at how histories of engineering, regulation, corporations, and advertising work their way into the ways we experience driving, including danger and injury.

31 October
Clifford Nass, Professor, Departments of Communication, Computer Science, Education, Law, and Sociology, Stanford University. coDirector of CARS (Center for Automotive Research at Stanford), Director of The Revs Program at Stanford. Cliff is one of the world's leading specialists in how people interact with cars and driving. http://www.stanford.edu/~nass/

7 November
David Kelley, Professor, Director, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and Stanford Design Program; founder of IDEO. David is one of America's leading design innovators. He also loves cars. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Kelley

14 November
Barbara Karanian, School of Engineering, Stanford University. Founder of the Design Entrepreneuring Studio, Barbara uses applied psychology and art in connecting storytelling with car design and engineering, focusing on the dynamics of collaborative teamwork.

21 November - Thanksgiving - no talk

28 November
John Stanfield, ex Stanford Program in Design. Founder, with Clement Gires of Local Motion, a start up aimed at delivering a new kind of smart transportation network.

5 December
Summary (from MS), and social - to be held at VAIL - the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory on Oak Road - with some cars, and presentations from Bill Barranco and Bob Ogle



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MS - I have moved our comments to a separate page - >> continuing the conversation

I'll try to keep it in order

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