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Class 8. Cyborg Anthropology.docx

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Natalie Ward

Cyborg Anthropology: We are all Cyborgs now? Cyborg Anthropology - Is a framework for understanding the effects of objects and technology on humans and culture - Takes the view that most of modern human life is a product of both human and non-human object The Mental Cyborg: Digital Memory & Digital Identity - Digital prosthetic memory - Physical, prosthetic forms of memory - Cloud computing - Technology becomes an extension of ourselves Performative Identities - One is what one does. Action does not represent an identity; instead; it created it Our identities online are performed through: - Avatars - Profile pictures - Short self-descriptions etc. Is Google making us Stupid? - Intellectual technologies – the tools that extend our mental rather than our physical capacities – we inevitably begin to take on the qualities of those technologies - Mechanical clock o Disassociated time from human events The Digital & Human Relationships - “Ambient awareness” It is very much like being physically near someone and picking up on their mood through the little things they do – body language, sighs, stray comments – out of the corner of your eye - “C
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