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Bionic Ears: Cochlear Implants and the Future of Assistive Technology

Lindsey Dolich Felt

In this talk, I will share my personal experience as a user with cochlear implants, and discuss the history and future of this device's development. Introducing historian of science and technology Mara Mills' term "bionic rhetoric," I will explain how the cochlear implant negotiates two different strains of thinking in assistive technology design: normalization and enhancement. My talk will conclude with a discussion of how this rhetoric gets metabolized in literary and popular discourse, and how these narratives illuminate how people with disabilities use - and even hack - their assistive technologies.

Speaker: Lindsey Dolich Felt, Stanford


Tuesday, 02/27/18


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Thornton Center

Stanford University
Room 110
Stanford, CA 94305