Embodied Computing: Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles

November 30, 2020
Embodied Computing: Wearables, Implantables, Embeddables, Ingestibles

Practitioners and scholars explore ethical, social, andconceptual issues arising in relation to such devices as fitnessmonitors, neural implants, and a toe-controlled computermouse.Body-centered computing now goes beyond the "wearable" toencompass implants, bionic technology, and ingestiblesensors—technologies that point to hybrid bodies and blurredboundaries between human, computer, and artificial intelligenceplatforms. Such technologies promise to reconfigure therelationship between bodies and their environment, enabling newkinds of physiological interfacing, embodiment, and productivity.Using the term embodied computing to describe thesedevices, this book offers essays by practitioners and scholars froma variety of disciplines that explore the accompanying ethical,social, and conceptual issues.The contributors examine technologies that range from fitnessmonitors to neural implants to a toe-controlled mouse. They discusstopics that include the policy implications of ingestibles; theinvasive potential of body area networks, which transmit data frombodily devices to the internet; cyborg experiments, linking a humanbrain directly to a computer; the evolution of the ankle monitorand other intrusive electronic monitoring devices; fashiontech,which offers users an aura of "cool" in exchange for their data;and the "final frontier" of technosupremacism: technologies thatseek to read our minds. Taken together, the essays show theimportance of considering embodied technologies in their social andpolitical contexts rather than in isolated subjectivity or inpurely quantitative terms.