Hamid Ekbia is associate professor of information science and cognitive science, and the Director of Center for Research on Mediated Interaction at the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington. His research is focused on mediation – that is, on how objects and meanings are transformed in hybrid networks of humans and nonhumans. With this question in mind, Ekbia has written in the areas of knowledge management, network organizations, Free/Open Source Software, spatial decision making, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). His recent book Artificial Dreams: The Quest for Non-Biological Intelligence (Cambridge University Press, 2008) is a criticaltechnical analysis of AI. He teaches human-computer interaction (HCI), agent-based modeling, and geographic information systems.