Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History / Edition 1

Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History / Edition 1

by Darren Tofts
     
 

The vast social apparatus of the computer network has aligned people with technology in unprecedented ways. The intimacy of the human-computer interface has made it impossible to distinguish technology from the social and cultural business of being human. Cyberculture is the broader name given to this process of becoming through technological means. This book shows

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The vast social apparatus of the computer network has aligned people with technology in unprecedented ways. The intimacy of the human-computer interface has made it impossible to distinguish technology from the social and cultural business of being human. Cyberculture is the broader name given to this process of becoming through technological means. This book shows that cyberculture has been a long time coming.In Prefiguring Cyberculture, media critics and theorists, philosophers, and historians of science explore the antecedents of such aspects of contemporary technological culture as the Internet, the World Wide Web, artificial intelligence,genetic engineering, virtual reality, and the cyborg. The contributors examine key texts that anticipate cybercultural practice and theory, including Plato's "Simile of the Cave"; the Renaissance Ars Memoria; Descartes's Meditations (on the mind-body split); Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Alan Turing's Computing Machinery and Intelligence; Philip K. Dick's Man, Android, and Machine; William Gibson's Neuromancer; and Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future. In the final section, a number of cyberculture artists explore how cybercultural themes have been taken up and critiqued in the electronic arts.This book is not for sale in Australia and New Zealand

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262701082
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: On Mutability2
I. Robot: AI, Alife and Cyborgs7
Synthetic Meditations: Cogito in the Matrix12
The Instruments of Life: Frankenstein and Cyberculture28
Imaginable Computers: Affects and Intelligence in Alan Turing38
Marrying the Premodern to the Postmodern: Computers and Organisms after WWII52
Cassandra Among the Cyborgs, or, the Silicon Termination Notice66
Cyberquake: Haraway's Manifesto84
Virtuality: Webworlds and Cyberspaces105
Reality Tables: Virtual Furniture118
Porous Memory and the Cognitive Life of Things130
Becoming Immedia: The Involution of Digital Convergence142
Too Real154
Space for Rent in the Last Suburb166

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