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Emplant - Designing for a human experience in the  transhumanist era.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Ludwig Wittgenstein, austrian-born philosopher, wrote that “the limits of my language mean the limits of my world. All I know is what I have words for”. We tend to think so highly of our language because we think so highly about ourselves. Yet imagine be- ing able to communicate emotions without words. Words can’t express the visceral nature of our emotions. Words aren’t enough.

How can we experience our emotional world, and others, in a more visceral, primitive way?

This project proposes the creation of a new sense, using embodied technology, to allow human beings to have a different experience of each other’s emotions, through the study of the long distance relationship scenario. In this human augmentation scenario, design, and specially speculative design have an inherent power to create discussion, awareness and bring attention to how the new developed technologies could affect our existence.

This project is meant to ask questions rather than nd a solution. It is meant for ev- eryone who is ready to think about the future of human beings and our evolution as a species.

This document presents an overview of the ve (5) months project while detailing the extension of the work and exploration of the product proposed for emotional human augmentation. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
Transhumanism, Interaction Design, Embeded technology
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Design Interaction Technologies Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136978OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136978DiVA: diva2:1114923
Subject / course
Degree Project, Interaction Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Interaction Design
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Available from: 2017-08-04 Created: 2017-06-26 Last updated: 2017-08-04Bibliographically approved

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