Elmer, the memory machine: Exploring symbiotic relationships with your microchip implant

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Elmer, the memory machine: Exploring symbiotic relationships with your microchip implant
Author Permild, Victor
Date 2017
English abstract
In this paper, I explore the emerging field of voluntary implants as seen in the DIY biohacking scene. My work on such implants focuses specifically on implantable Radio frequency Identification capsules. With the approach of research through design, I have undergone an iterative process, combining research and prototyping methods to externalize insights and knowledge generated along the way, in an effort to bring shed light on the new ideas and design considerations that arise when we embed computer technology in our bodies. By challenging the status quo, and setting aside my preconceptions through speculative design, my work has resulted in a working prototype, inspired by the ideology of slow technology. Elmer, the memory machine, is a device that enables the implantee to capture memories in point of time via their implants. Here user are can record and review moments of everyday life, merely through a timestamp — a design decision that contributes to the debate on topics like convenience, privacy, and the right to be human.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Teknik och samhälle
Pages 32
Language eng (iso)
Subject Slow technology
Speculative design
Implants
RFID
Transhumanism
Research through design
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