From carryables to wearables to implantables

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From carryables to wearables to implantables

Session hashtag: #CAJ16wearitOver the past 20 years, global cultures have embraced the idea of mobile communication by adopting smartphone technology.This swift transformation has made the concept of wearable computers and, ultimately, the idea of implantable future devices all the more believable. Simultaneously, popular culture, including film (Minority Report), television (Star Trek), gaming (Deus Ex), comic books (Iron Man) and literature (William Gibson novels) socialize society to embrace ideas that previously seemed impossible.Isabel Pedersen’s book, Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, argues that our technological futures are framed according to this “continuum of embodiment.”Drawing on case studies surrounding Google Glass, digital tattoos, exoskeletons, bionic contacts, and emergent concepts surrounding implantables, this talk invites the audience to consider wearables now but also in the future. It discusses how fictional scenarios, social media, circulating news stories in mainstream media, and digital culture all impact the adoption of technology by society.

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