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    A Postphenomenological Inquiry of Cell Phones: Genealogies, Meanings, and Becoming.Galit Wellner - 2015 - Lexington Books.
    This book is the first postphenomenological analysis of the important roles the cellphone plays in contemporary everydayness. It is an example of a new methodology to study everyday technologies that combines historical research with a philosophical investigation.
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  2. Feminist AI: Can We Expect Our AI Systems to Become Feminist?Galit Wellner & Tiran Rothman - 2020 - Philosophy and Technology 33 (2):191-205.
    The rise of AI-based systems has been accompanied by the belief that these systems are impartial and do not suffer from the biases that humans and older technologies express. It becomes evident, however, that gender and racial biases exist in some AI algorithms. The question is where the bias is rooted—in the training dataset or in the algorithm? Is it a linguistic issue or a broader sociological current? Works in feminist philosophy of technology and behavioral economics reveal the gender bias (...)
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    Material hermeneutic of digital technologies in the age of AI.Galit Wellner - forthcoming - AI and Society:1-8.
    Digital technologies are frequently considered as lacking material aspects. Today, it is evident that behind digital technologies lies a huge and complex material infrastructure in the form of fiber optic cables, servers, satellites, and screens. Postphenomenology has theorized the relations to material things as embodiment relations. Taking into account that technologies can also have hermeneutic aspects, this theory defines hermeneutic relations as those in which we read the world through technologies. The article opens with a review of some theoretical developments (...)
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  4. Wall-Window-Screen: How the Cell Phone Mediates a Worldview for Us.Galit Wellner - 2011 - Humanities and Technology Review 30:87-103.
    The article proposes to model the phenomenon of the cell phone as a wall-window. This model aims at explicating some of the perceptions and experiences associated with cellular technology. The wall-window model means that the cell phone simultaneously separates the user from the physical surroundings (the wall), and connects the user to a remote space (the window). The remote space may be where the interlocutor resides or where information is stored (e.g. the Internet). Most cell phone usage patterns are modeled (...)
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    The Quasi-Face of the Cell Phone: Rethinking Alterity and Screens.Galit Wellner - 2014 - Human Studies 37 (3):299-316.
    Why does a cell phone have a screen? From televisions and cell phones to refrigerators, many contemporary technologies come with a screen. The article aims at answering this question by employing Emmanuel Levinas’ notions of the Other and the face. This article also engages with Don Ihde’s conceptualization of alterity relations, in which the technological acts as quasi-other with which we maintain relations. If technology is a quasi-other, then, I claim, the screen is the quasi-face. By exploring Levinas’ ontology, specifically (...)
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    No Longer a Phone: The Cellphone as an Enabler of Augmented Reality.Galit Wellner - 2013 - Transfers 3 (2):70-88.
    Today's navigation is different, with no paper map or compass. Instead we use a cellphone that has a built-in GPS. Such cellphone is also equipped with an embedded camera that can read signs in various languages and barcodes that most humans cannot decipher. Combined, the GPS and the camera participate in the production and exercise of augmented reality, where reality is presented with layers of information which are accessible only through technological mediation. Currently such mediation is enabled by the cellphone, (...)
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    Postphenomenology and Media: Essays on Human–Media–World Relations.Yoni Van Den Eede, Stacey O'Neal Irwin & Galit Wellner (eds.) - 2017 - Lexington Books.
    Postphenomenology and Media: Essays on Human–Media–World Relations explores our contemporary media landscape from the unique perspective of postphenomenology. This volume for the first time puts the central concepts of postphenomenology to work for the specific analysis of new, digital media—thus delivering a wholly innovative take on their study.
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    Techno-Anthropology.Galit Wellner, Lars Botin & Kathrin Otrel-Cass - 2015 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 19 (2):117-124.
    guest editors' introduction to a special issue on techno-anthropology.
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    Digital Imagination, Fantasy, AI Art.Galit Wellner - forthcoming - Foundations of Science:1-7.
    In this reply to my reviewers, I touch upon Husserl’s notion of fantasy. Whereas Kant positions fantasy outside the scope of his own work, Husserl brings it back. The importance of this notion lies in freeing imagination from the tight link to images, as for Husserl imagination is an activity that functions as a “quasi perception.” Ihde and Stiegler enrich Husserl’s analysis of imagination with various aspects of technology: Ihde shows how changes in the technologies that mediate our imagination will (...)
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    Digital Imagination: Ihde’s and Stiegler’s Concepts of Imagination.Galit Wellner - 2022 - Foundations of Science 27 (1):189-204.
    As AI algorithms advance and produce surprising outputs, the question of imagination arises. Can we classify their output as imaginative? And what is their effect on human imagination? Apparently, algorithms follow Kant’s explanations on human imagination, thereby pushing us to update our understanding of imagination by taking into account the co-shaping between humans and their technologies. Such a new understating is offered in this article based on the theories of Don Ihde and Bernard Stiegler. With Ihde, imagination is conceived as (...)
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    The Zoom-Bie Student and the Lecturer.Galit Wellner - 2021 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 25 (1):153-161.
    As part of the Special Section: Technology & Pandemic, this article exam­ines the experience of teaching and learning via Zoom. I examine how technologies mediate the learning process with the postphenomenological notions of embodiment and hermeneutic relations. This section serves as a basis for understanding the trans­formation of that process into online learning. The next section is named “the Zoom-bie”—a combination of the words Zoom and zombie. The figure of the Zoom-bie provides me a way to critically review the new (...)
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    Celling While Driving: Guest Editor's Introduction.Galit Wellner - 2014 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (1/2):3-9.
    Guest editor 's introduction to a special issue on the question of whether it is dangerous to drive while talking on the mobile phone and the philosophical questions that emerge from this debate.
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    Multi-Attention and the Horcrux Logic: Justifications for Talking on the Cell Phone While Driving.Galit Wellner - 2014 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (1/2):48-73.
    Attention has been addressed either as a distinction of a figure from background or as a searchlight scanning of a surface. In both ways, attention is limited to a single object. The aim of this article is to suggest a platform for an interpretation of multi-attention, that is, attention based on multiplicity of objects and spaces. The article describes how attention can be given to more than one object, based on the experiences of pilots, parents and car drivers.
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    Onlife Attention: Attention in the Digital Age.Galit Wellner - 2019 - In Kathrin Otrel-Cass (ed.), Hyperconnectivity and Digital Reality: Towards the Eutopia of Being Human. Springer Verlag. pp. 47-65.
    The Onlife Manifesto rightfully points to the emergence of new forms of subjectivity in the digital age and how ICT calls for the re-distribution of tasks and responsibilities between humans and their technologies. However, Attention is still conceived in the Manifesto in modernist terms, as a problem of distraction. Within the terminology of Attention economy, the Manifesto is critical about the abuse of traditional forms of Attention, but does not make the next step to develop an alternative. In this chapter, (...)
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    Do Animals Have Technologies?Galit Wellner - 2017 - Studia Phaenomenologica 17:265-282.
    The question of whether animals have technologies is studied in this article in three genealogical steps according to the development of human technologies: tools, machines and digital technologies. In the age of tools, animals were regarded as lacking technologies. In the age of machines, observations in animals show tool usage. However, Marx attributes both machines and tools only to humans in order to avoid a break between premodern humanity that had only tools, to modern humanity that invented and used machines. (...)
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    Ethics in Times of Posthumanism.Galit Wellner - 2017 - Foundations of Science 22 (2):329-332.
    This commentary is an attempt to rethink the ethics of taking care in posthumanist times. It is an effort to combine ethics, posthumanism and psychological theories. I examine how the psychological notion of long-term well-being can serve as an ethical yardstick and how it can be relevant to non-humans.
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    Image, Science and Technology: A Post-Phenomenological Approach. Entrevista Com Don Ihde.Galit Wellner - 2018 - Prometeica - Revista De Filosofía Y Ciencias 17:107-110.
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    Where Is the Learning in Machine Learning? [REVIEW]Galit Wellner - 2021 - Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 25 (3):523-540.
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    Chapter 10 Attention and Technology: From Focusing to Multiple Attentions.Galit Wellner - 2022 - In Maren Wehrle, Diego D’Angelo & Elizaveta Solomonova (eds.), Access and Mediation: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Attention. De Gruyter. pp. 239-258.
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    Becoming-Mobile: the Philosophy of Technology of Deleuze and Guattari.Galit Wellner - 2022 - Philosophy and Technology 35 (2):1-25.
    Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus includes some useful concepts to understand technologies and their relations to humans as individuals and as a society. This article provides an introduction to their notions of machine and becoming and places them in the context of technological use in general, with a special focus on the cellphone. The concept of machine exceeds the technological context, yet it can be still relevant to technologies, especially digital ones. The concept of becoming assists in better understanding co-shaping (...)
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