Embodied Computing: Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles

Embodied Computing: Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles

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Overview

Practitioners and scholars explore ethical, social, and conceptual issues arising in relation to such devices as fitness monitors, neural implants, and a toe-controlled computer mouse.

Body-centered computing now goes beyond the “wearable” to encompass implants, bionic technology, and ingestible sensors—technologies that point to hybrid bodies and blurred boundaries between human, computer, and artificial intelligence platforms. Such technologies promise to reconfigure the relationship between bodies and their environment, enabling new kinds of physiological interfacing, embodiment, and productivity. Using the term embodied computing to describe these devices, this book offers essays by practitioners and scholars from a variety of disciplines that explore the accompanying ethical, social, and conceptual issues.

The contributors examine technologies that range from fitness monitors to neural implants to a toe-controlled mouse. They discuss topics that include the policy implications of ingestibles; the invasive potential of body area networks, which transmit data from bodily devices to the internet; cyborg experiments, linking a human brain directly to a computer; the evolution of the ankle monitor and other intrusive electronic monitoring devices; fashiontech, which offers users an aura of “cool” in exchange for their data; and the “final frontier” of technosupremacism: technologies that seek to read our minds. Taken together, the essays show the importance of considering embodied technologies in their social and political contexts rather than in isolated subjectivity or in purely quantitative terms.

Contributors

Roba Abbas, Andrew Iliadis, Gary Genosko, Suneel Jethani, Deborah Lupton, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Marcel O'Gorman, Maggie Orth, Isabel Pedersen, Christine Perakslis, Kevin Warwick, Elizabeth Wissinger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262538558
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,229,924
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Isabel Pedersen is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and Associate Professor at the Ontario Tech University.

Andrew Iliadis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University.

Isabel Pedersen is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and Associate Professor at the Ontario Tech University.

Andrew Iliadis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University.

Isabel Pedersen is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and Associate Professor at the Ontario Tech University.

Andrew Iliadis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Embodied Computing Isabel Pedersen Andrew Iliadis ix

1 Computer Guts and Swallowed Sensors: Ingestibles Made Palatable in an Era of Embodied Computing Andrew Iliadis 1

2 Will the Body Become a Platform? Body Networks, Datafied Bodies, and Al Futures Isabel Pedersen 21

3 Wearable Devices: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Agential Capacities Deborah Lupton 49

4 Cyborg Experiments and Hybrid Beings Kevin Warwick 71

5 Überveillance and the Rise of Last-Mile Implantables: Past, Present, and Future Katina Michael M. G. Michael Christine Perakslis Roba Abbas 97

6 Designing Technological Comportment: On Wearable Technology, Digital Rituals, and Non-Users Marcel O'Gorman 131

7 The Big Toe's Resistance to Smart Rehabilitations Gary Genosko 149

8 Doing Time in the Home-Space: Ankle Monitors, Script Analysis, and Anticipatory Methodology Suneel Jethani 161

9 Click-Click-Gimme-Gimme: Pleasures and Perils of the "Opt In" World of Fashion Tech Elizabeth Wissinger 187

10 TechnoSupremacy and the Final Frontier: Other Minds Maggie Orth 211

Contributors 237

Index 241

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