Cyborg Anthropologist and TED talker to Present Keynote at SubOptic 2019

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February 4, 2019

Does technology today improve our lives? Does it require all of our attention at the expense of personal relationships?  Surely technology shouldn’t require ALL our attention just some of it!

Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist, studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds.

Amber’s Keynote Talk at SubOptic this April will focus on “Designing Calm Technology, What is needed? What is not?  Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things.”

In her talk she will examine ways to use technology to our own advantage without being entirely absorbed by it for example, notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

Case spent two years as a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media.

She is also the author of Calm Technology, Design for the Next Generation of Devices and spoke about the future of the interface for SXSW 2012’s keynote address, and her TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now,” has been viewed over a million times.

Register today to attend this riveting session from author and TED talker, Amber Case

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