MIKE GULLIVER

Deaf geographies, and other worlds.

Commodifications of sign language… part 1

Just spotted this article on ‘skinput’ on the BBC website. The most interesting bit for me is not the idea that you can use skin as an interface, but the fact that the most reliable pick-up locations are not locations at all, but actions: finger flicks.

What’s the betting that a few years time, scientists ‘discover’ that the best organic control interface for software  is motion-mediated language… Not only will the Deaf community be facing the ridiculous situation of seeing their language commodified in ‘sign and song’ for the hearing world while their own children are forced to wear CIs and parrot speech… Software engineers will be trying to patent signs as the ‘best’ for transmitting information and licensing their use for profit…

… I did ask an intellectual property lawyer if it was possible for the Deaf community to copyright sign language at one point… they didn’t think there was. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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