Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History / Edition 1

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Overview

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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"Engaging, challenging, and rewarding....This collection is a considerable achievement." Mitchell Whitelaw RealTime

"Engaging, challenging, and rewarding... This collection is a considerable achievement." Mitchell Whitelaw RealTime

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262701082
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Tofts is Chair of Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

Annemarie Jonson teaches in the Arts Informatics Program at the University of Sydney.

Alessio Cavallaro is a producer and curator of new media projects at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: On Mutability 2
I. Robot: AI, Alife and Cyborgs 7
Synthetic Meditations: Cogito in the Matrix 12
The Instruments of Life: Frankenstein and Cyberculture 28
Imaginable Computers: Affects and Intelligence in Alan Turing 38
Marrying the Premodern to the Postmodern: Computers and Organisms after WWII 52
Cassandra Among the Cyborgs, or, the Silicon Termination Notice 66
Cyberquake: Haraway's Manifesto 84
Virtuality: Webworlds and Cyberspaces 105
Reality Tables: Virtual Furniture 118
Porous Memory and the Cognitive Life of Things 130
Becoming Immedia: The Involution of Digital Convergence 142
Too Real 154
Space for Rent in the Last Suburb 166
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