Isabel Pedersen

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2017-09-01
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Using humanities methods, theories and the development of new embodied technology to discover how emerging digital media impacts society and culture.

Research relevance

This research will increase our understanding of how society adopts and adapts to future embodied technology.

The Social Impact of Emergent Embodied Computing

More and more, personal digital devices—from wearable brain-computers to digital skin tech to implanted computer chips—are being developed by inventors, large technology companies and early-phase start-ups.

The ideas for these “embodied computers” are developed long before they are actually available for purchase or use. The concepts also become familiar to people in the contexts of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of things, and big data analytics.

In a sense, future digital media are invented, adopted and even celebrated before we have a chance to understand their likely impact on our lives, culture, politics, art and social practices.

Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture, is exploring how immersive embodied technology may change how we act, interact with others, participate in cultures, and understand our identities.

Pedersen and her research team want to shed light on this area by addressing the subjective, rhetorical, cultural, ethical and political challenges posed by these new technologies. In doing so, they hope to address the complex impact these technologies may have on our identities, cultures and value systems.