Sally A. Applin is a Ph.D. Candidate (expected 2015) at the University of Kent, Canterbury, in the School of Anthropology and Conservation, working with the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC). Her dissertation focuses on the impact of technology on culture, Silicon Valley technology makers, the technology they produce and the impact of their productions on society at-large, including how new technology manifests.
Applin's research interests are on human invention and adaptation of digital technologies and how these are integrated into society at large articulated through social networks and technologically mediated channels such as ubiquitous automated services, products and experiences, including robotics, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things (IoT) and "smart" systems and processes.
Sally has a BA in Conceptual Design/Fine Art from SFSU, a Master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications program (ITP) and 20+ years of experience in Silicon Valley as a Sr. Researcher and User Experience Designer.