Digital Oil

Digital Oil Machineries of Knowing - Infrastructures.

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Digitalisation sits at the forefront of public and academic conversation today, calling into question how we work and how we know. In Digital Oil, Eric Monteiro uses the Norwegian offshore oil and gas industry as a lens to investigate the effects of digitalization on embodied labour, and in doing so shows how our use of new digital technology transforms work and knowing. For years, roughnecks have performed the dangerous and unwieldy work of extracting the oil that lies three miles below the seabed along the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Today, the Norwegian oil industry is largely digital, operated by sensors and driven by data. Digital representations of physical processes inform work practices and decision-making with remotely operated, unmanned deep-sea facilities. Drawing on two decades of in-depth interviews, observations, news clips, and studies of this industry, Eric Monteiro dismantles the divide between the virtual and the physical in Digital Oil. What is gained or lost when objects and processes become algorithmic phenomena with the digital inferred from the physical? How can data-driven work practices and operational decision-making approximate qualitative interpretation, professional judgement, and evaluation? How are emergent digital platforms and infrastructures, as machineries of knowing, enabling digitalisation? In answering these questions Monteiro offers a novel analysis of digitalisation as an effort to press the limits of quantification of the qualitative. Series Overview: Publications in Infrastructures seek to engage with broad theories of infrastructure and foreground the usually hidden aspects of infrastructures, be they material, informational, or structural.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262544672
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 338.272809481
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20220124
Number of pages: x, 215
Weight: 362g
Height: 153mm
Width: 229mm
Spine width: 18mm