Intimate Technology

Technology colonizes our body and identity

Technology has always been closely attached to our bodies, in the form of decades-old headphones or ultramodern devices. It has always been a part of our lives, and our attachment to it seems to grow every day. Intimate Technology refers to systems that colonize our body, influence our behavior and define our identity.

Essay by Rinie van Est

Intimate Technology: the Battle for Our Body and Behaviour

Technology is nestling itself within us and between us, has knowledge about us and can act just like us. Think of brain implants, artificial balancing organs and bio-cultured heart valves. Technology therefore becomes a part of our bodies and our identities. It places itself between us on a large scale; we use social media to show ourselves to the outside world and to communicate with each other.…

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‘Technology is nestling itself within us and between us, has knowledge about us and can act just like us’

Rinie van Est

Imogen Heap's Smart Gloves

English artist Imogen Heap, with an army of artists, musicians, scientists and technologists, developed the Mi.Mu gloves. “A new and flexible approach to the control of music and visuals with intuitive human movement”.

Implanting Chips into Employees

No more identifications badges, a Swedish office block is taking security to the next level. The hi-tech building implanted a microchip under the employees’ skin, into their hands. The computer chip allows the workers to entry the edifice, open doors and even use the photocopier.…

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Brain Scan Replaces Job Interview in 5 Years?

Forget about palmistry! MRI scans for candidates in top jobs such as bank directors could soon become part of the job-application package, says Erasmus University researcher Prof Willem Verbeke of Rotterdam, He’s confident brain scans will replace job interviews within 5 years.…

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Evolution in the Bedroom

Good morning anywhere in the world!
Waking up is a problem (at least for 50% of the population). That’s why alarm clocks exist; machines and devices are invented to solve problems. At first they serve one purpose only and need activation to function properly.…

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