I had the pleasure of talking with Chris Dancy and Klint Finley for two episodes of their Mindful Cyborgs podcast. I've been a fan of the show for a while, and highly recommend episodes with Kate Darling, Nathan Jurgenson, and Ernesto Ramirez. I spent a lot of time listening to the show last year while I was doing research on the Quantified Self, so I was thrilled when they reached out to talk about my Data Doppelgängers article. We ended up talking about a whole lot more than that, including my background in enterprise IT, and the evolving role of constructive technology criticism.
In a lot of ways, "Mindful Cyborgs" is just another way of saying technology critic—Dancy described it as a process of becoming aware of our relationship to technology. Like the show's title, I draw a lot of inspiration from Donna Harraway in talking about non-binary discussions about human relationships with tools and technology. Asking whether it's all good or all bad doesn't really get us anywhere. Instead, starting from a position that assumes technology is always a part of human life—what sets us apart as humans—allows us to ask more constructive questions.