Response 29

Response 29 The two today’s articles that were allotted, both talked about the enhancement of body parts using technology. One of the articles “ Ecce techno, or, Suiting the Biomechanical Platform: Immersion and Contemporary Embodiment” by Cranny-Francis suggested a fascinating technological development idea, where “…. a parent could sit in their office with a computer screen on which one window shows a baby in a crib, with a blanket made of touch fabric. If the baby cries… the parent/guardian can simply activate the fabric via the computer to touch the baby – stroking it back to sleep” (Cranny-Francis 162). This was a fascinating yet a weird thought since, “ how would that relate to the child’s emotional and intellectual development?” (Cranny-Francis 163). I have a penchant for kids, and still also cultivating my pathway to be a school psychologist, which makes me cringe at the thought of such an idea since it sparks disillusioned outcomes of the development of technology. This is because babies require the motherly tender touch for them to develop a streak for social interrelations as well as other essential behavioral traits. The upsurge of such a technological set-up would be tantamount to prioritizing technology than the relations with our close people such as family, friends and acquaintances.
Nonetheless, the article, “ Enhancement Technologies and the Body,” by Hogle cites some affirmative prospects about the technological enhancement of body parts. The article asks, “ What might enhancement mean in a poor society where an artificial limb specially designed for working in rice fields or a bicycle designed to provide mobility means the difference in a person’s ability to make a living?” (Hogle 701). The example of technological development given is an archetype of the obscurity about the outcomes of the steady progress of technology.
Works Cited
Cranny-Francis, A. ” Ecce techno, or, suiting the biomechanical platform: immersion and contemporary embodiment.” Visual Communication 6 (2007): 156-169. Print.
Hogle, Linda F. ” ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGIES AND THE BODY.” Annual Review of Anthropology 34 (2005): 695-716. Print.