New medical and consumer technologies seem to be bringing us closer and closer to a future populated by androids and cyborgs. But what if we have always been cyborg? Technology theorists provide us with rich examples of the ways in which human bodies have always been augmented by technologies – and therefore always more than human. Cyborg feminists insist that this comes with ethical risks and opportunities: it might make it easier to exploit other people, but it might also provide us with the tools to create better, more pleasurable, and more equitable futures. Join Dr. Danya Glabau to peer into the past, consider the present, and imagine the future of our cyborg societies.
Dr. Glabau is a Core Faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, an Adjunct Instructor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and founder of Implosion Labs (www.implosionlabs.com). Trained as an Anthropologist, she speaks and writes about how technologies shape our lives, including how we work, eat, build relationships, make decisions about what is ethical and what is immoral, and even what we think it means to be human. Her work has appeared in Real Life Magazine, Pax Solaria, Somatosphere, and in scholarly journals. She is currently writing a book about gender, technology, and food allergies.