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Amber Case had trouble sleeping as far back as she can remember. When she was 4, she decided to do something about it. It involved thinking of her brain as a computer and manually shutting it down. ...

Amber Case had trouble sleeping as far back as she can remember. When she was 4, she decided to do something about it. It involved thinking of her brain as a computer and manually shutting it down.

This talk covers various aspects of what it is like to be a connected human, the effect of connectivity on the brain and the need for digital downtime as well as the history and future of our increasing relationship with technology.

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Meditation and the Modern Cyborg - BGeeks Conference Keynote, Boulder, Colorado Meditation and the Modern Cyborg - BGeeks Conference Keynote, Boulder, Colorado Presentation Transcript

  • Meditation and the Modern Cyborg Amber Case BG Conf 2012 Boulder, CO @caseorganic
  • we are all cyborgs
  • cyborg: an organism “to whichexogenous components havebeen added for the purpose of adapting to new ambientspaces”
  • Flickr: cybertoad
  • http://farm1.static.flickr.com/119/293670483_cbce23bdde_b.jpg Flickr: soylentgreen23
  • Flickr: cybertoad
  • Univac 1 ~1950’s ^^ iPhone ~2000’s >>
  • traditional anthropology
  • Flickr: futurestreetcyborg anthropology
  • ambient intimacy Leisa Reichelt
  • Hyperlinked Memories
  • Persistent Paleontology
  • Nick Rodrigues Email Garden, 2011
  • Panic architecture
  • Prosthetics and their discontents
  • Prosthetics and their discontents
  • Nick Rodrigues
  • I was okay withall of this…
  • Until this
  • I needed to sleep. 
  • I needed to sleep.  A lot. 
  • And it reminded me of something
  • Insomnia at age 4
  • Shutting down the brain
  • Watching my dad’s computer + processes
  • Just like a computer (shut down)
  • Sometimes it failed First nightmares (order to chaos)
  • Then: diskdefragmentation
  • DiskDefragmentation
  • Fragmentation in Daily Life
  • Information Junk Food
  • My Brain Today
  • I became aSkinnerian Rat
  • Intermittentreinforcement
  • SelfReflection
  • Loss of the ability tomentally defragment
  • MentalDefragmentation Memory compression and sorting
  • Derek Zumbach Alpha Wave SynchronyFeedback Machine
  • Quantified Self
  • Of all of the newest technologiesfor finding friends or dating. "I have many friends, I have a wife" at theend of it all, the person I know least about is myself. - Jon Lebkowsky
  • Example: The SIMS
  • Example: HarvardHappiness Project
  • Making the Invisible Visible
  • Example:  Aaron Parecki’s GPS Map of Portland
  • Approaching awarenesswith technology
  • Kids are totally and completely aware
  • Calm Technology Mark Weiser
  • •  Calm technology •  Actions as buttons •  Invisible interfaces •  Trigger-based interactions
  • HapticLocation Haptic Compass http://www.sensebridge.net
  • Real-time location-based gaming @caseorganic slideshare.net/caseorganic
  • mapattack.org @caseorganic slideshare.net/caseorganic
  • The best technologyis invisibleIt should get out of theway and connect people.
  • No longer this.
  • This!
  • Conclusions and Future Making the invisible visible
  • Thank you Amber Case http://caseorganic.com case@caseorganic.com @caseorganic