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This is the slideshow of a talk I gave at Gnomedex '09 in Seattle, Wa. ...

This is the slideshow of a talk I gave at Gnomedex '09 in Seattle, Wa.

It discusses the strangeness of humans and our prosthetic culture. From the externalization of our brains to the machine, to human/machine interfaces, to the blurring boundaries of public and private spaces, to the quick progression of our relationship with humans and computers --- to the strange fact that we externalize our fashion with exchangeable clothing. How our prosthetic devices make us sexy or not (vehicles, cell phones) and determine the speed at which we can live/accomplish goals. From the traditional prosthetics like the fake legs which amputees wear, to the prosthetization of our own tasks with virtual assistants and the 4 hour work week, to the idea that cell phones make give us superpowers -- the ability to hear MEGA-distances by extending our ears across the ocean. And finally, omnipresence and omniscience through social networking sites.

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Gnomedex 09 Cyborg Anthropology Caseorganic Gnomedex 09 Cyborg Anthropology Caseorganic Presentation Transcript

  • Prosthetic Culture andCyborg Anthropology
    @caseorganic
    http://oakhazelnut.com
  • What is Cyborg Anthropology?
  • Before we answer that…
  • Let us talk about Prosthetic culture…
  • Aimee Mullins
  • Extending the capability of the legs…
  • But our objects are also prosthetic devices.
  • As they extend the capability of the ears.
  • Cyborg Anthropology studies how technology augments our ability to communicate and live.
  • “Soon, perhaps, it will be impossible to tell where humans end and machines begin”.
  • For instance…
  • The term “Cyborg”…
  • 1960 Paper on Space Travel
  • Using it to describe an organism “to which exogenous components had been added for the purpose of adapting it to new environments”.
  • Like Space.
  • Which is very similar to…
  • Information Society
  • We are all Cyborgs.
  • Also a Cyborg.
  • Sometimes we FAIL.
  • A possible future...
    Civilization and its Discontents
  • Omit Unnecessary Cyborgs.
  • Use Friendlier Replacements.
  • But has anything really changed?
  • Sci-Fi has a nice way of creating the future…
  • Multiplicity of Prosthetics
  • EARLY PROSTHETICS
  • ADVANCED PROSTHETICS
  • WE’RE ALL SHEDDING MATERIALS
  • LOTS OF MATERIALS
  • KIND OF LIKE TREES
  • EXCEPT LEAVES HELP CREATE NEW GROWTH
  • And we don’t…
  • WE SHARE OUR PROSTHETIC IMPULSE WITH ANOTHER CREATURE
  • WE SHARE OUR PROSTHETIC IMPULSE WITH ANOTHER CREATURE
  • One of the earliest forms of life to develop an exoskeleton.
  • One of the earliest forms of life to develop an exoskeleton.
  • Trilobytes shed their eyes.
  • So do we.
    So do we.
  • Among other things…
  • Tinyurl, Tr.im, Bit.ly
  • TELEOPERATORS
  • Teleoperators
  • Telenoia
  • All The World’s A Video Game
  • A Giant Spreadsheet
  • We’re all basically database animals.
  • It happens first in digital…
  • …and then it becomes reality
  • Or, it happens as a game…
  • TRAINING WHEELS
  • Maintenance
  • Either way, we’ve now become…
  • FAMOUS MACHINES (term from @anselm)
  • Here, talk about the escape velocity of data when there is too much of it on a hard drive (many photos, ect).
    Webvisions ’09 @caseorganic
    ESCAPE VELOCITY OF DATA
  • The automatic production of space.
  • Unified System Box(USB)10 Megs of Data
  • A HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
  • STEVE MANN
  • Self-Portrait of
    Steve Mann
    Wearable Computing Apparatus(
    1981)
  • Steve Mann
    Wearable Wireless Webcam
    December 13, 1994
  • Steve Mann
    Wearable Wireless Webcam
    December 13, 1994
  • Different types of input…
  • Mika Satomi — V2 Institute for the Unstable Media
  • Kelly DobsonMIT
  • Remote Impact
    Boxing
    From a Distance
  • Different types of input devices.
  • Different types of input devices.
  • MIT
    Media
    Lab&apos;s
    Fluid
    Interface
    Group
  • Different types of input devices.
  • Belt
  • Thanks, Gnomedex!
    http://cyborgcamp.com
    @caseorganic
    caseorganic@gmail.com
  • Steve Mann
    Wearable Wireless Webcam
    December 13, 1994