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Book Review: The Inner History of Devices by Sherry Turkle, ed.

Review by Elizabeth Quill

5:14pm, January 30, 2009

Cell phones, cyberspaces and video poker are not just functional technologies. And prosthetic eyes, dialysis machines and defibrillators are not simply medical tools. When people become intimately attached to technology, technology becomes imbued with personal meanings.

In this series of essays, anthropologists, psychologists and others share stories that attempt to address two profound questions: Do the machines and devices we use serve our purposes? And do the machines and devices change our purposes?

“What we have made is woven into our ways of seeing and being in the world,” writes Turkle, founder and director of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self.

The most powerful tales in the book address how people perceive and control their bodies. One writer discusses her relationship with her

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