Complex Entanglements: People and Assistive Technologies
Keynote Lecture 3.0
10/7/19 | 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM time
Dr. Deirdre Desmond
Complex interactions across multiple system levels – user, prosthesis, services, environment, community – influence the experiences of becoming and being a prosthesis user and shape a person’s sense of self and identity. Technological advances in prosthetics and assistive technologies broadly, bring new possibilities, expectations, opportunities and challenges and inspire fundamental questions about personhood and embodiment. These potentials are situated within the wider landscape of growing hyper-connectivity between people, Things and intelligent systems that will in the future manage many aspects of our lives. Yet advances in technological capabilities continue to outpace our understanding of the personal and social significance of such developments and the ethical, legal, and policy frameworks to govern their deployment.
This presentation will consider issues posed by the growing complexity of interactions between humans and machines and reflect on experiences of human/technology integration and the complexity of these entanglements in the field of prosthetics.