How we became posthuman : (Record no. 2208)

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010 ## - LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CONTROL NUMBER
LC control number 98036459
020 ## - INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BOOK NUMBER
International Standard Book Number 0226321452 (cloth : alk. paper)
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International Standard Book Number 0226321460 (pbk. :alk. paper)
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Original cataloging agency DLC
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Classification number Q335
Item number .H394 1999
082 00 - DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION NUMBER
Classification number 003/.5
Edition number 21
100 1# - MAIN ENTRY--PERSONAL NAME
Personal name Hayles, Katherine,
Dates associated with a name 1943-
Relator code aut
245 10 - TITLE STATEMENT
Title How we became posthuman :
Remainder of title virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics /
Statement of responsibility, etc. N. Katherine Hayles.
260 ## - PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION, ETC. (IMPRINT)
Place of publication, distribution, etc. Chicago, Ill. :
Name of publisher, distributor, etc. University of Chicago Press,
Date of publication, distribution, etc. 1999.
300 ## - PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Extent xiv, 350 p. ;
Dimensions 23 cm.
500 ## - GENERAL NOTE
General note In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the "bodies" that once carried it vanish into virtuality. While some marvel at these changes, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans "beamed" Star Trek-style, others view them with horror, seeing monsters brooding in the machines. In How We Became Posthuman, N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age.

Hayles relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological construction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the liberal humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman."

Ranging widely across the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary criticism, Hayles shows what had to be erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. Thus she moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel Limbo by cybernetics aficionado Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems.

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 Posthuman provides an indispensable account of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here.
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Bibliography, etc Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Topical term or geographic name as entry element Artificial intelligence.
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name as entry element Cybernetics.
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name as entry element Computer science.
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Topical term or geographic name as entry element Virtual reality.
650 #0 - SUBJECT ADDED ENTRY--TOPICAL TERM
Topical term or geographic name as entry element Virtual reality in literature.
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Cataloger initials G. G. N. Angilella
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2011-04-23Biblioteca Allievi 2011-04-23 MonografiaAA001879   Biblioteca Allievi003.5 H421