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Member Profile

Spencer Kaplan

CASTAC-Net Member

PhD Student, Yale University

Research Interests

AI | Algorithms | Ethics | Finance | Media Anthropology | Science & Technology Studies |

About Spencer

I’m a PhD student in the Yale Department of Anthropology, where I study technology, finance, and media in North America and Europe. I’m interested in how human selves are created and modeled in spaces of technological development. How do cultural beliefs about what it means to be human, and what it means to be a better human, animate the designs of cutting-edge technologies and markets? And as developers wrestle with the technical and ethical questions of their work, which long-standing cultural debates might they actually be joining? Besides anthropology, I engage with science and technology studies, media studies, ethics, and critical theory. My ethnographic work has brought me in contact with art collectors, Wall Street bankers, and, most recently, NFT enthusiasts in Berlin.