9780415133791

Virtual Futures: Cyberotics, Technology and Posthuman Pragmatism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415133791

  • ISBN10:

    0415133793

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-03-27
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Virtual Futuresexplores the ideas that the future lies in its ability to articulate the consequences of an increasingly synthetic and virtual world. New technologies like cyberspace, the internet, and Chaos theory are often discussed in the context of technology and its potential to liberate or in terms of technophobia. This collection examines both these ideas while also charting a new and controversial route through contemporary discourses on technology; a path that discusses the material evolution and the erotic relation between humans and machines. Including essays by Sadie Plant, Stelarc and Manuel de Landa, the collection heralds the death of humanism and the rise of posthuman pragmatism. This collection provides analyses by both established theorists and the most innovative new voices working in conjunction between the arts and contemporary technology.

Table of Contents

List Of Contributors vii(2)
Preface: Virtual Futures ix(3)
Eric J. Cassidy
Acknowledgements xii
PART I: OVERLOAD 3(8)
THE INFORMATION WAR
3(8)
Hakim Bey
PART II: CYBEROTICS 11(34)
THESES ON THE CYBEROTICS OF HISTORY: VENUS IN MICROSOFT, REMIX
11(19)
Stephen Pfohl
COMING ACROSS THE FUTURE
30(7)
Sadie Plant
ALL NEW GEN
37(8)
VNS Matrix
PART III: CYBERCULTURE SINGULARITIES 45(34)
TELEPATHY: ALPHABETIC CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE AGE OF CYBORG ILLITERACY
45(20)
David Porush
VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS AND THE EMERGENCE OF SYNTHETIC REASON
65(14)
Manuel De Landa
PART IV: ANARCHO-MATERIALISM 79(32)
CYBERGOTHIC
79(9)
Nick Land
FROM EPIDERMAL HISTORY TO SPEED POLITICS
88(12)
Matteo Mandarini
BLACK ICE
100(11)
Iain Hamilton Grant
PART V: POST-HUMAN PRAGMATISM 111(13)
AUTOGEDDON
111(5)
Stephen Metcalf
FROM PSYCHO-BODY TO CYBER-SYSTEMS: IMAGES AS POST-HUMAN ENTITIES
116(8)
Stelarc
Postscript: Ground Zero 124
Joan Broadhurst Dixon

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