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.
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.
Will machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Amber Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves.
Yuval Noah Harari uncovers the abilities that humans acquires throughout their existence, and their evolution as the dominant species in the world.
Donna Haraway challenges the issues with Western patriarchal tenets, explains her cyborg theory and criticizes traditional feminism.
Looking at how the design choices we make for robots effects our relationships with each other.
When the algorithms we design for AI are able to pass as human consciousness, will they adopt a new role as our cohabitants?
Giving more agency to users by providing them ownership of their own data will help us speculate the future of safe spaces as devices turn into immersive experiences.