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Mirroring Sherry Turkle: a discussion on authenticity humanity and technology

Jefferies, Janis K.; Maragiannis, Anastasios; Pitsillides, Stacey and Velonaki, Mary. 2013. Mirroring Sherry Turkle: a discussion on authenticity humanity and technology. In: K. Cleland; L. Fisher and R. Harley, eds. Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. Sydney: ISEA International; Australian Network for Art & Technology; University of Sydney. [Book Section]

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This paper expresses a reflective approach to the themes and issues surrounding Sherry Turkle's new book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. This can be seen as the culmination of a trilogy of books concerned with human and computer relations and its implications for identity and psychology (The Second Self, 1984 and Life On the Screen, 1995). Turkle argues that, having already filtered companionship and relations through machines, we are now facing our own "robotic moment". Real life interactions with flesh and blood people are becoming onerous and too stressful and untidy. Instead, we prefer to organise them through digital interfaces and ultimately even replace them with technological alternatives. In response to Turkle's questions, we speculate: are we changing what it means to be human? Have we become over-reliant on technology to mediate human relations? Does social networking encourage us to become narcissistic and to regard others as merely problems to be managed, resources to be exploited? And do we, the creative community, have some responsibility in considering these ethical dilemmas and making technologies that respond to these questions? Juxtaposed with Turkle's insights is a commentary on the work of the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield. Her research on the neuroscience of identity offers a biological interpretation of how the brain adapts to environment which suggests that Turkle's question of what it means to be human is complexified further by unprecedented changes to identity itself.

Item Type:

Book Section

Keywords:

Alone Together Dystopia Speculative Futures Authenticity Robotics Electronic Textiles and Technological Based Arts Digital: Identity Heritage Death, and Visual Arts

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

18356

Date Deposited:

17 May 2016 11:19

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 10:33

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18356

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