A Short Introduction to Cyborg Anthropology


Humans have always developed technologies to help them survive and thrive, but in recent decades the rapid escalation and intensification of the human-technology interface have exceeded anything ever known.

How we interact with machines and technology in many ways defines who we are. Cyborg Anthropology is a lens with which to understand what’s happening to us in a world mediated by dynamic objects, processes, and change.

This speech will cover three things:

First, a definition of Cyborg Anthropology (what’s a cyborg, and what’s not?).
Second, what a Cyborg Anthropologist does (and what it’s like to work in the field). And third, how you too can be a Cyborg Anthropologist (insta-cyborg!).

Amber Case

Affiliation @caseorganic
Website http://oakhazelnut.com/

Amber received her degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in this Spring with a thesis on “The Cell Phone and Its Technosocial sites of Engagement". She blogs about technology at Oakhazelnut.com and co-hosts a podcast called Hazelnut Tech Talk. You can find her technosocially interacting with humans and computers at most Portland tech events and conferences.