From Tech to High-Tech. Aesthetization of technology=Fetishization of Technology Technology is generative, “alive” From monstrous robots and mutants to artificial intelligence, cyborgs, and biotechnological life-forms. APPLIED DIGITAL SOLUTIONS. VeriChip Corporation
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Miniaturized, Implantable Identification Technology
VeriChip is a miniaturized, implantable radio frequency identification device (RFID) that is about the size of the point of a typical ballpoint pen. It contains a unique verification number. Utilizing an external scanner, radio frequency energy passes through the skin energizing the dormant VeriChip, which then emits a radio frequency signal containing the verification number. The number is displayed by the scanner and transmitted to a secure data storage site by authorized personnel via telephone or Internet.
Her chips, which emit a read-only 134-kilohertz frequency that is read by a scanner, contain a 12-digit alphanumeric ID. They were injected into the back of her hands, in the fleshy area between the thumb and index finger; the first was implanted in October 2001, the second in February 2002.
The location Nisbet chose for one of the chips -- the back of the right hand -- is also the precise spot where, according to Biblical lore, the "Mark of the Beast" will be placed during the apocalyptic end of the world detailed in the Book of Revelation.
Inserted a chip into his ankle during a live performance in Sao Paulo in 1997 and then registered himself in an online pet database as both owner and animal.
After he implanted the device, a collaborator in Chicago read the chip information with a robotic arm controlled over the Internet, in effect making Kac's body a node in the Internet network.
“A multifunctional children’s anorak with integrated camera, game displays, and – a special highlight – connected to the Global Positioning System (GPS) targets the somewhat larger toddlers. The navigation system enables worried parents to keep close tabs on their children. A further advantage: the up-and-coming generation effortlessly learns how interactive technology functions.”
Fusion and participation with technology
Human is master of technology
Human has lost mastery over technology
Technology is functional, constructive and rational
Technology is irrational, chaotic, and destructive
Technology is autonomous and agentic
Human knows and controls world through technology
Human becomes like technology/less human (“technologized zombie”)
Human becomes posthuman (“network node”)
Open, hybrid, cyborg subject
Empowered and enriched subject
Enslaved and disempowered subjectOvercoming the Dichotomy
A style or design or interior decoration that uses objects and articles normally found in factories, warehouses, restaurant kitchens, etc., that imitates the stark functionalism of such equipment.
But into what?
The dimensions of high-tech:
Cell phones, PDAs
Night clubs, restaurants
…then incorporated into our habitats, communities, conversations, and finally our bodies.