stand-out talk at the outside the box conference by thor magnusson, talking about making creative tools in the digital realm. ostensibly about the nature of digital music instruments, it really dug into how their design is far from a neutral act, and how in use our minds often extend to think through them.
there’s an academic paper from thor that deals with a lot of this at: http://www.ixi-audio.net/thor/EpistemicTools_OS.pdf
Through the analysis of material epistemologies it is possible to describe the digital instrument as an epistemic tool: a designed tool with such a high degree of symbolic pertinence that it becomes a system of knowledge and thinking in its own terms.
i’d be the first to admit its a much nicer way in to have the presentation before chewing on such texts directly, but its good stuff.