Cyborg-Centered Design describes a design process in which the cyborg is at the center. The approach is based on the insight that the relationship between human and technology changes: technology becomes part of human identity and individuality.
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Technologies enhance or expand human capabilities and change the human norm. Consequences of implants are difficult to estimate and require a careful and sensitive handling. The effects of human expansion through new skills and their influence on their autonomy are largely unknown. The balance between self-determination and heteronomy through an automatism generated by machines plays a central role.
By implanting artificial components, technology becomes an integral part of the human body. It is long-term part of the body. It is long-term in use and permanently connected to the body. The properties of technology implants must be well considered and future-oriented.
As designers, we have to create transparency of the invisible processes in the respective context, the question of the handling of collected data has to be clarified: How does the user get an overview and the control of his data? With networking the field of application of products is also growing. Designers have to think in more complex contexts and involve more stakeholders. The technique in the body gives the designer the opportunity to use it as an interface.
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