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October 14, 2014 AT 2:30 pm

Amber Case #ALD14 @findingada

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Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist studying the interaction between humans and computers and how that interaction is changing cultures. She a proponent of data ownership and is also working on next generation location-based technology at Esri’s R&D Center. You can visit Ms. Case’s site here where you can even answer a short survey about how you learned to program, should you feel inclined.

From a meedabye.com interview:

The object of study for Cyborg Anthropology is the cyborg. Originally coined in a paper about space exploration by Manford Clynes, the term “cyborg” is short for cybernetic organism. Broadly speaking, a cyborg is traditionally defined as a system with both organic and inorganic parts. In one sense, the use of any tool that functions as an extension of one’s abilities qualifies one as a cyborg, but cyborgs are more narrowly understood to have actual, physical technological extensions/prostheses. Thus in the narrowest sense, examples of cyborgs would include people with pacemakers, insulin pumps, and bionic limbs. In the broadest sense, all of our interaction with technology could qualify as a cyborg (and since the border of a cyborg system has no inherent limits, the Earth and its satellites would qualify as a cyborg as well.

The narrowest sense of cyborg does not let us grasp the myriad synergies of the human-non-human splices, while the broadest conception runs the risk of being so broad that the discipline cannot be defined. Thus Cyborg Anthropology studies humankind and its relations with the technological systems it has built, specifically modern technological systems that have reflexively shaped notions of what it means to be humans.

Click here to watch Amber Case’s Ted Talk discussing cyborg anthropology or click play below to watch Ms. Case discuss the anatomy of goals.



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