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  • Amber Case 4:42 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink
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    Speaker Announcement: Deb Chachra!

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    Exciting news! Deb Chachra will be speaking at CyborgCamp MIT!

    Grinding as Citizen Science

    In this talk, Chachra will talk about some of the commonalities and differences between implanting and testing medical implants for commercial use and for individual use. She’ll cover some of the basics of biomedical materials, and some principles that grinders could use in planning and describing their experiences in order to help build a shared body of knowledge in the community.

    About Deb Chachra

    Debbie Chachra is an Associate Professor of Materials Science at Olin College of Engineering, outside Boston. Her research and teaching interests include biological materials, materials for implants, and design. Her favourite molecule is collagen. You can follow her on Twitter @debcha!

     
  • Amber Case 4:09 pm on August 24, 2014 Permalink
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    Speaker Announcement: Chris Dancy!

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    I’m proud to announce that Chris Dancy, CyborgCamp 2012 emeritus, will be presenting at CyborgCamp MIT! Dancy came out of his “data closet” in Portland by showing a small unconference audience what he was doing with his own data. Wired writer Klintron Finley was in the room, and the rest is history.

    Chris utilizes 300-700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize as many areas of his existence as he can think of. This quantification enables him to see the connections of otherwise invisible data, resulting in dramatic upgrades to his health, productivity, and quality of life.

    Chris’s name and avatar are synonymous with the future of work, edutainment, technically-enabled external evolution, and his quantified life (existence). He travels extensively and speaks on these topics and more, and has been featured in Fox News, NPR, BBC, TechCrunch, Businessweek, Wired, Bloomberg TV, and The Guardian as the “Most connected human on Earth.”

    You can follow Chris Dancy on Twitter @servicesphere.

    Need a ticket to CyborgCamp MIT? Get one while they last or sign up to attend remotely!

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  • Amber Case 2:53 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink
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    Anthropologist Sally Applin to speak at CyborgCamp on “Cloaked Cyborgisms” 

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    We are excited to announce that Anthropology Ph.D. student Sally Applin will be visiting from San Francisco to speak at CyborgCamp Portland! Sally is also known as @anthropunk on Twitter, and is heavily involved in the study of open source, mobile and steampunk ideologies. She’s also an early adopter of technology, evidenced by the fact that she owns Sally.com.

    About Sally

    Applin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, in the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). She holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) within New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Sally has had a 20 year career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX designer and ethnographic researcher.

    At Kent, Sally is advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Director of CSAC, and Director of Enterprise. Dr. Fischer is the founder of Anthropunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences. Sally is a founding member of Anthropunk and is currently researching the impact of technology on culture, and the consequent inverse: specifically the reifications of Virtual Space in Personal Space.

    Cloaked Cyborgism

    Sally will discuss the notion of the “invisible cyborg.” Cyborg modification that is unseen by others by being cloaked or embedded can create the invisible cyborg in humans. For example, one might have an ankle with a titanium implant in it. That cyborg ankle is there, but unseen to others. Dick Chaney’s heart was cyborg and unseen for a long time. Now it is seen because he has to wear an external device mounted on top of his chest. The notion of “Invisible Cyborg” can be also be created as a goverment policy or plan that subsequently impacts large groups in a seemingly “invisible” way. Slavoj Žižek touches on topics tangential to these concepts. For instance, “trillion-dollar organisms” – patented bugs excreting biofuels, generating clean energy or producing tailor-made food. There are ideas of synthesising new viruses or other pathogens. Extreme genetic engineering may create substantially different organisms: we’ll find ourselves in a terrain full of unknowns. In the west, we have debates about whether we should intervene to prevent disease or use stem cells, while the Chinese just do it on a massive scale.

    Applin’s talk will discuss many more concepts in greater detail, and will invite discussion on what the future might hold for humans, machines, and the things that are in-between.

     
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