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Trust: A Pragmatics of Social Life?

Taylor C. Nelms , September 27th, 2022

Trust exposes and discloses the social. But the heterogeneity and even excessiveness of meaning in the concept—its overdetermination, its multifariousness and multiformity, its downright fuzziness—sug…

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Trust, truth, and the blockchain

Anna Weichselbraun , September 26th, 2022

“Less Trust, More Truth” said the black nylon drawstring bag in the cardboard box. I had to have one. No other item of swag at this crypto-conference articulated…

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Trust the food chain, trust the blockchain

Seeing Is Not Believing

Adela Zhang , September 22nd, 2022

“We bet on mining,” peasant leaders (dirigentes) say of the decision to permit one of the world’s largest open-pit copper mining projects on lands occupied by Quechua-speaking communities…

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Making medicines trustworthy: pharmaceutical technologies of trust and regulation

Ramah McKay , September 21st, 2022

How do globalised health regimes create and shape landscapes of medical regulation and patient safety? This essay asks about the many ways in which patients, consumers, health advocates,…

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Are Insomniacs Overthinking Sleep?

Keridwen Cornelius , September 20th, 2022

From WiFi-enabled sleep trackers to wearable brain-altering apps, sleep technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. But is the antidote to insomnia far more ancient? ✽ You will likely spend…


Demonstrating Trust in Jordan

Emilie Thévenoz , September 19th, 2022

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Technologies of Trust: Introduction

Shaila Seshia Galvin , September 12th, 2022

This post is the introduction of our thematic thread on Trust, curated by Anna Weichselbraun (University of Vienna), Shaila Seshia Galvin (Geneva Graduate Institute) and Ramah McKay (University of Pen…

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Review: Farms to Incubators

foodanthro , June 14th, 2022

Wu, Amy (2021) Farms to Incubators. Women Innovators Revolutionizing How Our Food is Grown. Fresno, California: Craven Street Books. Ellen Messer (Tufts University) This book, like the docum…


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

Bree KellyBrian Ballsun-Stanton, Camilla Di Biase-Dyson, and Alexandra Woods , June 9th, 2022

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs adorn the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu near Luxor. Vyacheslav Argenberg/Wikimedia Commons I have long been intrigued by archaeogaming—an academic di…


Can Machine Learning Translate Ancient Egyptian Texts?

SAPIENS , June 9th, 2022

A new program aims to use AI to help academics and the public decipher hieroglyphs. Here’s an inside look at how—and whether—it works. ✽ I have long been…


“Emeryville is Weird”

Annie Hammang , May 24th, 2022

When I would tell people I worked in the small San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Emeryville, they would almost always say, “Emeryville is weird.” And then the…


Immensely facilitated

john hutnyk , April 6th, 2022

VLUU L210 / Samsung L210 A scrap from a 1996 notebook, it was sent to the aut-op-sy listserve: In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels formulated a paragraph…



Sara Emilie Lafontaine , March 22nd, 2022

PART I Two Years Ago It was a hot day in July, and clocks were striking eight. It had been fifteen years since the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs)…

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Requiem for a War Robot

Roberto J. González , March 22nd, 2022

An experimental robotic pack mule, the Legged Squad Support System, walks alongside U.S. Marines on patrol. Sarah Dietz/U.S. Marine Corps Excerpted from War Virtually: The Quest to Autom…


An Anthropological Approach to mHealth: Health & Care in the Smartphone Age

alex.clegg , March 3rd, 2022

Author: Charlotte Hawkins As part of the ASSA project, we are currently working to publish a volume called: ‘An Anthropological Approach to mHealth: Health & Care in the…

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How Do Personal Data and Algorithms Influence Our Sense of Self?

Natalia Kucirkova , January 12th, 2022

  All achievement is threatened by the machine, as long as it dares to take its place in the mind, instead of obeying. That the master’s hand no…

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Fuel Maps: Digitizing Grass and Sensing Fire in Brazil

colinhoag , December 21st, 2021

Guilherme M. Fagundes, Princeton University § Part and parcel of the technological repertoire in wildland fire management, fuel maps invite us to reflect on the everyday life of…


Innovation and its discontents

Adam Gabriele , December 16th, 2021

Nostalgia for the Future “I’ll never be a billionaire. Now I help other people try to get there, but I just don’t have the emotional well.” These words…


The Age of Digital Divination

Matthew Gwynfryn Thomas , December 7th, 2021

Divination rituals around the world often include animals, as seen in this early 20th-century painting of fortunetelling using a chicken by Russian artist Konstantin Makovsky. Brandmeister/Wi…


30 Minute Methods – TDTU, Vietnam – Professor Paolo Favero

john hutnyk , November 16th, 2021

Prof Paolo Favero, Uni Antwerp, Belgium:  ‘Expanded Ethnography: technologies and the senses’ and coming up next: at TDTU: 2. Tues November 23, 2021, at 4pm HCMC….


Paper: Anthropological notes on digital & transport infrastructures in remote communities

philbu , November 5th, 2021

Budka, P. (2021). Anthropological notes on digital and transport infrastructures in remote communities. Paper at Anthropology of Technology Conference, Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University, 4-5 Novembe…

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Alchemy, Metallurgy, and Modern Chemistry in Post-Medieval Europe: An Intersection of Archaeological Science and the History of Science

Yi-Ting Hsu , November 2nd, 2021

Oil on Canvas of a experimental demonstration, public domain What is the first image conjured up in your mind by the word “alchemy”? Influenced by popular culture, it…


How People Actually Use Their Smartphones

Laura Haapio-Kirk and Georgiana Murariu , October 28th, 2021

[no-caption] John Cei Douglas In 2022, the smartphone, first introduced by IBM, will celebrate its 30th birthday. Most of us now use a smartphone every day—whether we like…