• About Ross

    Hi, I’m Ross Bochnek, an Artist, Designer, the Chief Researcher, Writer, and Editor of Rehumanizing.Us™ .
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    Ross Bochnek holds an MFA in Design and Technology with dual concentrations in Multimedia and Physical Computing from Parsons The New School for Design. From Ithaca College, he earned a BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Art, and studied documentary theory and production in Prague. His blog, www.rehumanizing.us, focuses on the original humanistic intentions and etymology behind concepts including; technology, Cyborg, cybernetics, and Robot. Bochnek reminds us that human designers and engineers are responsible for creating the interfaces for the tools they release into the world. We need not accept these tools as more capable than humans because they were designed by humans, and it is the conscious intentions and methods of using these tools that bridges them into “technologies”. Manfred Clynes, who coined the term Cyborg wrote: “”Dear Ross, Thank you for your message, and for your interest in humanizing, and more especially for the humanizing aspects of the cyborg concept.”

    By invitation, Ross has presented his Wearable Computers on BoingBoingTV, at Maker Faires in Los Angeles, San Fransisco Bay Area, and ETech; the Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, BarCampLA, MobileCampLA, and Dorkbot SoCal. He has also specifically presented on the subject of “Techne” and Cyborg at the International Alchemy Conference, Notacon 11, Sonic Bloom Festival, Summit County chapter of the Institute Of Noetic Sciences, and theBIL Conference. Ross has been a panelist on being a Maker, a grant recipient, and juried artist at Ingenuity Fest, along with the Cleveland Game Developers, NASA, and the Great Lakes Science Center. He organizes the Electromechanics Lab and the classroom,robot and CNC machine projects,and designed the current shop layoutat the Cleveland, Ohio Hackerspace, Makers Alliance. His Fine Art, Installations, Performance and Projection Arts have been exhibited in galleries, clubs, theaters, educational, and industrial venues in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Ithaca, and New York City.  Email: ross at rehumanizing dot us

    Rehumanizing.Us at the 2011 International Alchemy Conference

    Rehumanizing.Us at the 2011 International Alchemy Conference

    10 Responses to About Ross

    1. April 22, 2012 at 5:21 am

      I like your fantastic web site. Just what I was searching for!
      Best regards

    2. January 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Have you ever considered about adding a little bit more
      than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental
      and everything. Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts
      more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this site could certainly be one of the most beneficial in its niche.

      Excellent blog!

    3. Guy
      May 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Hi Ross-
      You’re spot on in your assertion that technology is not an “other” that we should be feared, but tools that we ourselves made to increase our capabilities and overcome our limitations. We may wish to fly, but we will never grow wings. However, we can make flying machines.

      At some point I’d like to chat with you and hear more of your thoughts about this. I’m working on “next-generation IT consulting, support, and education” and the rehumanizing aspect is going to be a large part of it.

    4. July 12, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Hi Ross,
      It was nice seeing you again in the last Cle Game Devs event at the Launchhouse.
      I was wondering if you believe it would be a good idea to showcase the Joe-yo game concept video (can be seen at the Joe-yo facebook page) in your game kiosk.
      If that so, I could forward you the video through Dropbox.
      Also, please let me know if you would like to continue discussing about the blueberry sensors and radiation monitoring.
      All the best,

      • September 7, 2014 at 6:09 am

        That sounds great! You can also email me here: ross at rehumanizing.us

    5. October 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

      great regards

      • abid hameed
        November 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

        It was nice seeing you once more within the last Cle Game Devs event at the Launchhouse.
        All the simplest,

    6. abid hameed
      November 10, 2014 at 5:32 am

      November 10, 2014 at 5:31 am
      It was nice seeing you once more within the last Cle Game Devs event at the Launchhouse.
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    7. December 7, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      How do we address the debris of old used tech? Any ideas there? I enjoy your site and you argue the tech case very well.
      As well you know, my interest is in the etymology more then the tech itself. You’re quite a teacher and I thank you for the research you share.

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