My dissertation is based on the presupposition that contemporary technologies are based on a new paradigm. There is a difference, I argue, between tools, machines and digital technologies (such as the cellphone), so that each of them produces different experiences. In the dissertation I examine the experiences provided by digital technologies, using as a case study the cellphone, the emblem of contemporary everdayness. The methodology used is postphenomenology, a branch of philosophy of technology that combines European phenomenology and American pragmatism.
In the first part of the dissertation I identify four historical variations on the evolution of the cellphone, each demonstrated through a particular handset model. The variations are: (1) talking heads – the voice-centric usage of the cellphone that enables people to communicate with others when they are away from their homes or offices; (2) writing machines – the utilization of short texts not only for communication but also as a mnemonic mechanism in the form of contact details, meeting descriptions, to-do lists and more; (3) multi-media applications – where a large screen imparts a plethora of applications, and in which everything is reduced to an application, from making a phone call to opening the car door to paying for parking; (4) sensory exploration – in which the cellphone senses the environment by "seeing" and "hearing" stimuli (like reading barcodes and identifying songs), as well as by producing detections that have no analogy in the human sensorium, such as GPS-pinpointing, thereby producing what is known as "augmented reality."
The second part of the dissertation is a description of several invariants in the evolution of the cellphone; that is, the common "threads" tying the historical variations of this technology together. I isolate and develop three invariants: wall-window, quasi-face and memory prosthesis.
"Wall-window-screen: How the cell phone mediates a worldview for us," Humanities and Technology Review, Vol. 30 (Fall 2011) pp. 77-103
"No Longer a Phone: The Cellphone as an Enabler of Augmented Reality," Transfers 3(2) (summer 2013) pp. 70-88
"Multi-Attention and the Horcrux Logic: Justifications for Talking on the Cell Phone While Driving," Techne (forthcoming 2014)
"Augmented Embodiment," M/C Journal (forthcoming)
"Historical Variations and the Cellular Age," Ihdefest, Ed. Jan Kyrre Berg Friis (forthcoming)
"The Quasi-Face of the Cell Phone: Rethinking Alterity and Screens," (forthcoming)