Isaac Record Postdoctoral Fellow

Isaac Record is a philosopher of science and technology and academic specialist at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College (as of Fall 2015). Isaac’s research explores accounts of communal knowledge practices, which have been developed in exciting ways by philosophers of scientific methodology and social epistemology, and concerns about trust in technology, under investigation by philosophers, anthropologists, and sociologists of technology. Isaac studies the practices of scientists who use instruments, the debates that accompany the introduction of new techniques to established disciplines, and the epistemological consequences of pursuing inquiries within a technological infrastructure. He believes that empirical investigations into knowledge practices are a necessary complement to traditional philosophical work based on conceptual analysis and thought experiments. The resulting situated understanding of our epistemic and ethical condition is sensitive to a network of factors, including values, capabilities, and material resources, allowing us to better integrate our understandings of knowledge and action.
From 2012-2015, Isaac was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Semaphore Research Cluster, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. There, he explored the epistemic, ethical, and practical dimensions of emerging technologies such as 3D printers, programmable controllers, and sensor toolkits. Isaac is also developing a book-length treatment of knowledge practices on the Internet.

News & Updates

The Darker Side of 3D Printing by Phoenix Wilkie

Posted on Dec 15th, 2015

An article written by Rowena McGowan in The University of Toronto Musings

3D printing is just what it sounds like - printing 3-dimensional objects. An object is built up through the laying down of thousands of thin…

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Footwear Futures: What Will You Make? by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Mar 28th, 2015

Free 3D printing workshop for kids ages 9-13 at Bata Shoe Museum

April 18th, 19th, 25th or 26th

Learn how to 3D print! Join us at the Bata Shoe Museum for a workshop bringing ideas about…

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Semaphore Colloquium Series: Remaking the Humanities by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Sep 30th, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellow Isaac Record examines 3D printers in the context of the history of technology

In a recent colloquium talk, Isaac Record, a postdoctoral fellow at Semaphore, presented his current research. He is…

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Is it just us, or are cool things coming out of University of Toronto these days? by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

In early July, Matt Ratto, director of U of T’s Critical Making Lab, along with Daniel Southwick and ginger coons…

POST CITY - "There must be something in the U of T water. Recently, not one but two teams of innovators made headlines thanks to…

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U of T team’s DIY handgun tests the potential of 3D printing by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013

When asked how police could stop people from printing handguns in their basement, Dr. Ratto’s response was curt: “They can’t.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - "It’s a pistol that sounds like a criminal’s dream. Undetectable, untraceable by police and assembled in downtown Toronto, it’s a…

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TAGLab visits Semaphore by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 15th, 2013

On June 13th, 2013 the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) paid a visit to Semaphore. Over the hour-long lunch meeting, both labs…

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Critical Making Lab members participate in Enactive Entanglements by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 14th, 2013

Matt Ratto and his team produced an impressive single-take video featuring a tour of the Critical Making Lab, introductions to…

The Critical Making Lab participated in 'Enactive Entanglements', an event organized by Katrina Jungnickel at Goldsmiths University of London (UK). Matt Ratto,…

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Upverter Workshop by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jan 10th, 2013

Thursday 7 February 2013, 10am-4pm

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a free one-day workshop on collaborative hardware design. We'll be using Upverter's…
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Blind Tennis Hackathon by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Nov 11th, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm, 130 St. George Street, Semaphore Lab Demo room 1150 (main floor)

This workshop is ideal for anyone…

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Matt Ratto and Semaphore Featured on The Nature of Things (Oct. 23) by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 21st, 2014

Today, scientists are applying 3D printing technology to the field of medicine

CBC - "We live in a world where technology is constantly changing. Sadly you know as you leave the store, that your brand new SmartPhone…

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Critical Making Workshop Series kicks off by ginger coons

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014

New workshop series involves students, public, in Critical Making Lab research

This year, the Critical Making Lab is offering a series of workshops, open to both students and the public. The Critical Making Workshop Series showcases…

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