Cyborgology

Cyborgology is a branch of Cybertheory that deals with the influence of digital technology on the customs, cultures, behaviors, and histories of a society. It explores the net effect of Social Technology on societies where maintaining the social infrastructure depends on continuous digital connection, and social order is maintained through the normalization of large-scale citizen data collection and digital surveillance.

The “cyborgological record” consists of artifacts, architecture, sites and cultural landscapes that incorporate a combination of social, historical and technological elements to reveal new modes of human experience. Cyborgology can be studied through a lens of Digital Self and Digital Society, where the former examines the role of Social Technology in the formation of self-identity, and the latter considers the consequences for human culture and society as a whole.

Sources

  1. “TEDxBrooklyn – Karl Chu.” YouTube, uploaded by TEDx Talks, 30 Dec 2010.
  2. “Karl.S.Chu – Ontology of Genetic Architecture.” YouTube, uploaded by AA School of Architecture, 13 Jul 2015.

Cybertheory

Cybertheory is a philosophical approach to technology, and especially to digital media, that seeks to confront, through reflective assessment and critique, the social, historical, and ideological forces that produce and constrain it.

It considers how relationships between technology, Digital Self, and Digital Society affect communication, civic discourse, and the development of ideas. Its primary aim is to identify and challenge power structures as they manifest themselves through Social Technology and its applications.

With roots in sociology and technology criticism, it argues that the crisis of ethics in tech stems more from social structures and misguided assumptions than from individuals, and that ideology and reductionist thinking are the main obstacles to advancing Digital Autonomy. See Cyberculture and Technological Determinism.