Cyborg Anthropologist Amber Case Interviewed

Klint Finley interviews Amber Case on Technoccult:

What are some of your most interesting recent findings?

Some of my favorite things have been mistakes. For instance, when a middle aged woman thinks that she’s sending a private message to someone she’s been seeing, and in reality she posted on her wall for everyone to see.

Yahoo Answers are amazing. It’s where a lot of very young kids ask each other ridiculous questions — and young kids answer back.

Also, looking at people’s signatures. Not their handwritten ones, but their digital ones. How they compose sentences and where they use capitalization. How they respond to things, etc. It really tells a lot about who they are.

The other thing I like to discover is digital artifacts. There are some digital archeologists and historians who try to keep data alive and in circulation. When one considers it, and Stewart Brand has mentioned this quite a bit … data is very fragile.

When one considers the pyramids and symbols carved into stone, that data is still around today. It’s been thousands of years and we still have it vs. Twitter, where data is regularly dumped and not saved.

One of the problems is that machines don’t get heavier when we put data into them. Which seems strange, because information has weight in real life.

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  • Non-pointseer

    Her response doesnt even make sense in context to the question! He wanted to know WHAT her favorite findings were, not how she found them, and even then she’s just telling him that she goes on Yahoo Answers(like more than 1,000,000 peoplein our country) and just seeing what’s up. Cyborg Anthropologist? More like, Cyborg Internet Browser… like everybody else on the planet with a computer.

  • Non-pointseer

    Her response doesnt even make sense in context to the question! He wanted to know WHAT her favorite findings were, not how she found them, and even then she's just telling him that she goes on Yahoo Answers(like more than 1,000,000 peoplein our country) and just seeing what's up. Cyborg Anthropologist? More like, Cyborg Internet Browser… like everybody else on the planet with a computer.

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