Cyborg Anthropology: A Short Introduction
Date: This event took place live on August 05 2010
Presented by: Amber Case
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.
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Cyborg Anthropology is a way of understanding how we live as technosocially connected citizens in the modern era. Our cell phones, cars and laptops have turned us into cyborgs. What does it mean to extend the body into hyperspace? What are the implications to privacy, information and the formation of identity? Now that we have a second self, how do we protect it? This presentation will cover aspects of time and space compression, communication in the mobile era, evaporating interfaces and how to approach a rapidly changing information spaces.
About Amber Case
Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist and User Experience Designer from Portland, Oregon. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Her main focus is on mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding.
Case has spoken at various industry conferences including MIT's Futures of Entertainment and Inverge: The Interactive Convergence Conference, Ignite Portland and Ignite Boulder. She presented an Introduction to Cyborg Anthropology at Webvisions 2009 and Keynoted Portland's Open Source Bridge with a speech on Cyborg Citizens. She's been a guest lecturer at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Lewis & Clark College and Oregon State University's School of Continuing Education. In 2010 she was named one of Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Tech. She formerly worked at Wieden+Kennedy, a global advertising agency based in Portland, Oregon. She currently works as a User Experience Designer at Vertigo Software.
In 2008, Case founded CyborgCamp, an unconference on the future of humans and computers. To attend, visit http://portland.cyborgcamp.com/.