Who is your Ada Lovelace Day inspiration?
Why is this person a role model?
Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto opened my eyes to new possiblities and effects from the blurring boundaries between technology, humans, and their identities. It was Donna Haraway's ideas and theories on cyborgs, cyborg identity, and cyborg feminism that inspired me and impacted the topics I focused on in school. The aspect of her cyborg theory that really impacted me was that through blurring the lines between human and technology what new possiblities of identity, agency, and community are available to us. These new possiblities could be good and/or bad, negative and/or positive, destructive and/or creative. But, this idea of cyborg encouraged me to think about how we can use technology to empower people, to create more agency, to have open access to information to make decisions. Science fiction or not, Donna Haraway inspired me to accept my inner cyborg.
What are some of the accomplishments of this heroine?
Donna Haraway is a professor in the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz. She published the essay "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century" in 1985 as many as several books, papers, essays, and articles. In 2000, Haraway won the J.D. Bernal Prize, which is the highest honor awarded by the Society of Social Studies of Science.
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