I’ve been working on the research and writing of this book for over eight
years and have accumulated so many debts and therefore so many rela-
I am deeply grateful to all of the fictional persons I interacted with
(i.e., corporations, agencies, institutions and other collectives; financial
support, spaces of presentation, and constant ethnographic engagement;
warm receptions, all while being fiercely critical; the little and big provo-
cations in q&A sessions and over meals have inspired so many parts of
my work). These interactions took place at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology; the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical
School; Wenner Gren Sweden; the Center for Technology and Ethics;
Davis Humanities Institute; RxID; Oxidate; ModLab@UCDavis; the Psy-
chiatry Department at Alta Bates Medical; Massachusetts General Hospi-
tal Psychiatry; Mental Health Services at mit; the Berkeley Anthropology
and Geography Departments; Cornell Science and Technology Studies
(sts); Pembroke Center at Brown; the departments of Communication,
Anthropology, and sts at the University of California at San Diego; the
Department of Anthropology at Stanford; Harvard’s History of Science
Department; Duke’s Anthropology Department; and the University of
California, Davis.
To the nonfictional persons, or readers and interlocutors, it has been
so exciting to think with you all and to continue to do so virtually and
in meatspace whenever we can. Thank you to Vincanne Adams, Naira
Ahmad, Étienne Balibar, Andrés Barragán, João Biehl, Charlotte Bilte-
koff, Tom Boellstorff, Regula Burri, Candis Callison, Angie Chabram,
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