Cyborg Anthropology

What we're looking at is not an extension of the physical self, but an extension of the mental self.

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By looking at the most trusted professions, we can realize how much power designers have

“A cyborg is not Terminator or Robocop, but the experience of everyday life that's been altered by technology.”
— Amber Case

Cyborg Anthropology suggests that we are all cyborgs now. The way we interact with machines, technology and people defines who we are. Phones, tablets and computers become and extension of us when we load them up with our data and memories. How I can pierce a hole through time and space to talk to my parents across the world is a superpower and magical.

Cyborg Anthropology can be useful in our human centred design process. We design for humans but we rarely think of them being a part of the devices we design. This will open up conversations around designing for wellness and inclusivity.

Most Trusted Professions

We trust construction workers to build houses that won’t collapse. We trust our teachers to raise good people. We hold our farmers to a certain standard for the produce they provide us. However, we rarely hold designers and developers accountable for the technologies that fundamentally change how we live. Talking to people from various trusted professions can help designers in tech realize the scope of their responsibilities.

Further Reading

We are all cyborgs now

Amber Case

Will machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Amber Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.

Homo Deus:
A Brief History of Tomorrow

Counsel on Foreign Relations

Yuval Noah Harari uncovers the abilities that humans acquires throughout their existence, and their evolution as the dominant species in the world.

A Cyborg Manifesto

Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway challenges the issues with Western patriarchal tenets, explains her  cyborg theory and criticizes traditional feminism.

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