Pub. Date:
Modified: Living as a Cyborg

Modified: Living as a Cyborg


View All Available Formats & Editions


Building off the highly successful The Cyborg Handbook, this new collection of essays, interviews, and creative pieces brings together a set of compelling personal accounts about what it means to live as a cyborg in the twenty-first century.

Human integration with complex technologies goes back to clothes, cooking, and language, but has accelerated incredibly in the last few centuries, with interest spreading among scientists, coders, people with sophisticated implants, theorists, and artists. This collection includes some of the most articulate of these voices from over 25 countries, including Donna Haraway, Stelarc, Natasha Vita More, Steve Mann, Amber Case, Michael Chorost, Moon Ribas, Kevin Warwick, Sandy Stone, Dion Farquhar, Angeliki Malakasioti, Elif Ayiter, Heesang Lee, Angel Gordo and others. Addressing topics including race, gender, sexuality, class, conflict, capitalism, climate change, disability and beyond, this collection also explores the differences between robots, androids, cyborgs, hybrids, post-, trans- and techno-humans, offering readers a critical vocabulary for understanding and discussing the cyborgification of culture and everyday life.

Compelling, interdisciplinary, and international, the book is a perfect primer for students, researchers and teachers of cyberculture, media and cultural theory, and science fiction studies, as well as anyone interested in the intersections between human and machine.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815364016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/08/2020
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Chris Hables Gray is the author of Postmodern War, Cyborg Citizen and Peace, War and Computers. He is a Continuing Lecturer and Fellow at Crown College, University of California at Santa Cruz.

Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera is a community social psychologist, professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her research area is focused on digital technology and the transformations of everyday life, subjectivity and the body.

Steven Mentor is a Professor of Critical Thinking, English and American Literature, and writing at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California. His current research includes cyborgs and climate justice, climate fiction, and new models of online and hybrid learning.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction: "You Are a Cyborg; Deal With It!" The Overdetermination of Cyborgization Chris Hables Gray Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera Steven Mentor 1

Part 1 Being a Cyborg Is My Job 23

1 Modifeyed: Why Priveillance Is More Important to Our Cyborg Future Than Privacy Steve Mann 25

2 The Avatars of alpha.tribe Elif Ayiter 34

3 Tanks, the Shield of Achilles, and Social Cyborgs: Anonymous 46

4 Experiments With Cyborg Technology Kevin Warwick 50

5 The Body Vehicle: An Argument for Transhuman Bodies Natasha Vita-More 58

6 When I First Saw Jesus, He Was Cyborg Gill Haddow 68

Part 2 Being a Cyborg for My Health 75

7 Pers. ex. Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone 77

8 Infusiones/Infusions: Estampas Itinerantes en Mi Tratamento de Cáncer/Itinerant Portraits in My Cancer Treatment Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera 80

9 To See With Eyes Unshielded: Perceiving Life as a Partible Cyborg Miranda Loughry 92

10 "Don't Mess With My Heart Device, I'll Do It Myself." In Which Karen and Marie Interview Each Other Marie Moe Karen Sandler 101

11 Becoming an Accidental Cyborg Feminist Socialist Michael Chorost 108

12 The Ghost in the Biome Steven Gulie 114

13 "Cyborg" "Mom" Dion Farquhar 123

Part 3 Imagining Myself Cyborg 137

14 Cyborgian Episteme as Queer Art-science Clarissa Ai Ling Lee 139

15 Computer Kid Amber Case 149

16 Seven Ghosts: Critical Confessions of a Psyborg Mind Angeliki Malakasioti 156

17 A Mundane Cyborg: The Smartphone, the Body, and the City Heesang Lee 165

18 To Be Transhumanist, Or Not To Be Nikola Danaylov 178

19 On Cultural Cyborgs Audrey Bennett Ron Eglash 183

Part 4 Performing My Cyborgness 191

20 Waiting for Earthquakes Moon Ribas 193

21 My Cyborg Performance as a Techno-Cerebral Subject Melike Sahinol 197

22 A Song for the Universe in the Dialect of Terran Cyborg Companions Lissette Olivaries 212

23 Modulating Lucian O'Connor 217

24 Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras: Alternate Anatomical Architectures Stelarc 225

Part 5 Thinking Myself a Cyborg 241

25 I, Cyborgologist Chris Hables Gray Bob Thawley 243

26 Cyborg Empathy for the Age of (In)Difference Sandra P. González-Santos 247

27 Being a Cyborg in a Connected World Increasingly Mediated by Algorithms: From the Perspective of Two Brazilian Journalists Silvia DalBen Amanda Chevtchouk Jurno 254

28 Social Challenges: The Serious Game of Digitalization Ángel Gordo 263

29 Disc/erning the Crisis: A Mundane Cyborg Throws Hope to the Wind Steven Mentor 271

30 The Best Possible Now Donna Haraway Nada Miljkovic 282

Artist's Comment Julia C R Gray 302

Illustrations 306

Index 312

Customer Reviews