Technology and Touch: the Biopolitics of Emerging Technologies

Palgrave Macmillan
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2013, 1
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Technology and Touch addresses the development of a range of new touch technologies, both technologies that we reach out to touch (such as keyboards and consoles) and technologies that touch us (such as new prosthetics, smart clothing and robots). The author explores these through a detailed examination of the politics and practice of touch. The everyday practice of touch is exemplified in a range of artworks that deploy touch in their exploration of the nature of being and of meaning. This study demonstrates the ways in which touch is used as an individuated mode of biopolitics, to articulate ideas, attitudes and beliefs and to engage audiences bodily with them. This understanding of touch is then referred to the study of new touch technologies, exploring their capacity to transform our lives in creative and productive ways, including the interrogation of conventional discourses (such as traditional responses to disability), as well as challenging our incorporation into technologies and networks that may be unethical or deeply compromised (such as drones and robot warfare).
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