9781472532732

Computable Bodies Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche

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    9781472532732

  • ISBN10:

    1472532732

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-11-19
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Data. Suddenly it is everywhere, and more and more of it is about us. The computing revolution has transformed our understanding of nature. Now it is transforming human behaviour.

For some, pervasive computing offers a powerful vehicle of introspection and self-improvement. For others it signals the arrival of a dangerous 'control society' in which surveillance is no longer the prerogative of discrete institutions but a simple fact of life.

In Computable Bodies, anthropologist Josh Berson asks how the data revolution is changing what it means to be human. Drawing on fieldwork in the Quantified Self and polyphasic sleeping communities and integrating perspectives from interaction design, the history and philosophy of science, and medical and linguistic anthropology, he probes a world where everyday life is mediated by a proliferating array of sensor montages, where we adjust our social signals to make them legible to algorithms, and where old rubrics for gauging which features of the world are animate no longer hold.

Computable Bodies offers a vision of an anthropology for an age in which our capacity to generate data and share it over great distances is reconfiguring the body–world interface in ways scarcely imaginable a generation ago.

Author Biography

Josh Berson directs the design research studio Assemblage, leads the project Cartographies of Rest at Hubbub Group, London, UK, and is visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Table of Contents

Preface: Registers
Acknowledgments
1. Bodies
2. Rhythms
3. Modalities
4. Data
5. Niches
6. Clocks
7. Faces
8. Plenum
Postscript: Precarity
References
Index

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