Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life examines the construction, manipulation and re-definition of life in contemporary technoscientific culture. It takes a critical political view of the concept of life as information, tracing this through the new biology and the discourse of genomics as well as through the changing discipline of artificial life and its manifestation in art, language, literature, commerce and entertainment. From cloning to computer games, and incorporating an analysis of hardware, software and 'wetware', Sarah Kember extends current understanding by demonstrating the ways in which this relatively marginal field connects with, and connects up global networks of information systems. Ultimately, this book aims to re-focus concern on the ethics rather than on the 'nature' of life-as-it-could-be.
Acknowledgements. Preface Chapter 1 Autonomy and Artificiality in Global Networks Chapter 2 The Meaning of Life Part 1: The New Biology Chapter 3 Artificial Chapter 4 CyberLifeAEs Chapter 5 Network Identities Chapter 6 The Meaning of Life Part 2: Genomics Chapter 7 Evolving Feminism in Alife Environments Chapter 8 Beyond the Science Wars. Bibliography. Index