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Sociotechnical imaginaries, a concept created by Jasanoff and Kim, highlight a society’s core ideas about the roles of science and technology in the present and the future. Sociotechnical imaginaries are “collectively imagined forms of social life and social order reflected in the design and fulfilment of nation-specific scientific and/or technological projects”. The sociotechnical imaginary related to geron-technology highlights one-way surveillance or tracking of elders. Science and Technology Studies and Age Studies can go one step further by taking up intersectional approaches to investigate the relations between elders and technology. Intersectionality was first developed by critical legal scholar, Kimberle Crenshaw, in her ground-breaking 1989 essay “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex”. In this work, Crenshaw challenged scholars’ tendency to view difference through a narrow lens by focusing on one dimension of people’s identity, for example, class, gender or race. Rarely were the various positions a person might hold imagined together.