Thesis / Dissertation

Somaletheia: Cultural Techniques of Biosensing

Christopher Allan O'Neill, Robert Hassan (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Biosensors are sensor technologies designed to produce data about the functions or vital capacity of the body. While biosensing has often been analysed in presentist terms, this thesis attempts to account for the long history of biosensors, the better to frame an understanding of the contemporary ‘sensor society’. This thesis proposes two ‘births’ of the sensor society – the first occurring in the mid-19th century, and the second in the early 21st century. This thesis considers the Quantified Self movement as serving to problematize the conditions of this ‘second’ sensor society, at the same time as critical questioning of the significance of biosensors has exceeded the form of praxis promot..

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