Traditionally anthropologists go out and look at other cultures and think it’s strange, but this is about looking at our own culture and thinking it’s strange.
Prosthetic culture – our objects extend our capabilities, phones extend ears, laptops extend fingers, etc.
Where do humans end and machines begin?
For instance – the term Cyborg was coined in 1960 – external components had been added for adapting to environments.
we are all cyborgs navigating this internal 4-dimensional space using our laptops as exoskeletons.
Packaging is in a cybernetic relationship with us as we hunt and gather in supermarkets.
Sci-fi has a nice way of creating the future.
Multiplicity of prosthetics – they’re all over us and attached to us. The best retailer of prosthetic is the Apple store – things that you can attach to yourself and your brain.
We’re all shedding materials. Lots of materials.
We share our prosthetic culture with another creature – the trilobite. Trilobites shed their eyes and grow bigger and bigger ones – so do we.
All the world’s a video game – adding followers and friends is like a massive multiplayer game. It’s also like a giant spreadsheet.
Escape velocity of data – no matter how much data you put in the computer it doesn’t get heavier.
A history of the future – Steve Mann at MIT was the first person to lifestream wearing 80 pounds of computing in the mid ’80s. Others doing that now at glogger.mobi