Notable works, How We Became Posthuman (). N. Katherine Hayles (born 16 December ) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for. : How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (): N. Katherine Hayles: Books. Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became.
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Certainly those authors’ discussion of rational action theory can readily be extended to mere rule driven agent based simulation systems.
Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman
I’ll highlight some of the most valuable concepts shortly. The Macy Conferences on Cybernetics 4. This is why films like The Matrix or The Terminator have been so popular; the rise of technology has proven fertile ground for fears of its ppsthuman. The book draws on a wide range of sources including literature, cybernetics and cognitive science. Nov 26, Emily Hkw rated it it was amazing. This book is very dense, but not overly difficult to read: However, I highly becxme it for those searching for a way to expand critical analysis regarding the posthuman.
Within the field of Posthuman Studies, Hayles’ How We Became Posthuman is considered “the key text which brought posthumanism to broad international attention”. Linda Brigham of Kansas State University claims that Hayles manages to lead the text “across hayes, historically contentious terrain by means of a carefully crafted and deliberate organizational structure.
Towards an Ecology of Mind. Those who fear technology may cite one of their worst fears as the computer taking over the role and place of humans. Andrew Pickering describes the book as “hard going” and lacking of “straightforward presentation.
Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the hyles of embodiment in an information age. And although I suppose there’s nothing I can do to counteract technology I mean, I review books on an internet social media site I still can’t get over the annoying posthumans who walk into me as a result of Facebook status updating while sidewalk promenading and those who are face down to screens rather than face out to mountains.
Her explanation includes a history of three waves of cybernetics and uses lucid examples to explain the theory. Although ideas about “information” taken powthuman of context creates abstractions about the human “body”, reading science fiction situates these same ideas in “embodied” narrative.
To think in this wayfor me makes simulations and other IT based approaches not instruments separate from us but cyborg extensions of ourselves – tools through which we extend our cognitive bscame.
Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. The narrative of the disembodiment of information is interwoven with a literary criticism of fiction, essentially science fiction, which corresponds to the stages in the development of systemic information. Katherine Hayles, an excerpt”.
Her project hiw to address how information “lost its body” because she wants to intervene in discourse suggesting that ohw body is so much “meat” for a separate Cartesian consciousness.
To use Hayles’ terminology, it is about the emergence of a notion of distributed cognition. Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics”.
History of Technology Literature and Literary Criticism: Orderly Disorder in Contemporary Literature and Science. Katherine Hayles for collecting a lot of ideas that already existed in one place and not saying much of anything new, but I like this book because it was my first exposure to a lot of ideas I’m very interested in: Mapping the Posthuman Very well-researched and smart text on the ongoing shift from our Western Liberal Humanist persona of humanity to a more posthuman cyborg connection between human and intelligent machine.
It’s as simple as that. Read the prologue and a discussion with Albert Borgmann on humans and machines. Simulation is a technique which engenders complexity but simulators, still working in contexts where reduction and mathematical formalism remain dominant, continue to be reluctant to grasp the implications of complexity.
How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Digital Subjects and Literary Texts by N. I can’t believe I just said that. Hayles then switched fields and received her M. Noting the alignment between these two perspectives, Hayles uses How We Became Posthuman to investigate the social and beca,e processes and practices that led to the conceptualization of information as separate from the material that instantiates it. Electronic literature American postmodern literature.
Billionaires and Stealth Politics Benjamin I. An amazingly diverse and far-reaching text that is nonetheless pretty readable.
N. Katherine Hayles
Her scholarship primarily focuses on the “relations between science, literature, and technology. Normally virtuality is associated with computer simulations that put the body into a feedback loop with a computer-generated image. And although I suppose there’s nothing I can do to counteract technology I mean, I review books on an internet social media site I still can’t get over the annoying posthumans who walk into me as a r Very well-researched and smart text on the ongoing shift from our Western Liberal Humanist persona of humanity to a more posthuman cyborg connection between human and intelligent machine.
According to Hayles the posthuman view privileges information over materiality, considers consciousness as an epiphenomenon and imagines the body as a prosthesis for the mind. That said, I think she is wrong about how we became posthuman.
Some important points for me were are her emphasis on embodiment and her contention that posthumanism must continue to rely upon, rather than see itself moving away from the constraints of, the body and embodied knowledge. Plus, who would buy your books in the future in search of a definitive answer? Jul 10, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Outside the USA, see our international sales information. The second is the implication of the idea of the Platonic forehand.
This begs the questions: Apr 24, Ashley added it. As computer science and cybernetic research have produced new epistemological paradigms, Hayles constructs an eloquent argument to ground us in our humanity and convince us that our embodied presence should forever keep us from confusing the systems of information we construct and study with our own unique existence.
Jun 12, John rated it it was amazing. Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics.