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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. How We Became Posthuman: 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 P In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the “bodies” that once carried it vanish into virtuality. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age. Hayles relates three interwoven stories: 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.
How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics, Hayles
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Lists with This Book. Dec 12, laura rated it really liked it Recommends it for: May 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Theory book on cybernetics.
How We Became Posthuman
I found it particularly inspiring in thinking about myself as a disabled person. It’s way cooler to be a cyborg than use the word disabled. And the ways that we depend on machinery to construct our humanity grows and grows every day. The freakishness of disability is minimized by the minute, as we all wrap ourselves in metal.
Jan 08, Becca rated it it was amazing. Took me forever to get through this book, but it’s worth the effort. Hayles’ basic argument is that modern conceptions of artificial intelligence and the posthuman body privilege informational patterns over material instantiation. In other words, as a culture, we tend to emphasize cognition posthukan than embodiment.
This is nothing new – after all, for centuries Western philosophers have been telling us that consciousness, and not embodiment, is the seat of human identity.
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Hayles returns to Desc Took me forever to get through this book, but it’s worth the effort. Western philosophical traditions are pretty ill-equipped to talk about the body and embodiment, which is why theorists like Judith Butler and Julia Kristeva have made conversations about the body their bread and butter.
Hayles adds to these discussions in a really meaningful way. Jul 10, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was deciding between giving it 3. The content was mostly not what caused problems, it was the style that has led me to moderately dislike the book. Not having the lu I was deciding between giving it 3. Not having the luxury to do just that, as this is the book on which I am basing my MA thesis, I was forced to continue reading and thus found the book moderately enjoyable.
I did expect a more structured and for lack of a better word clear answer as to how humans became posthuman other than “It turns out we’ve been posthuman this entire time, go figure.
Plus, who would buy your books in the future in search of a definitive answer? Indeed, the cliffhanger is killing me. Feb 14, Jeff rated it liked it. 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.
I can’t believe I just said that. As a self-chastised luddite, I preferred the sections of literary analysis. 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.
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. Still though, I’ll take a bionic heart and live to Is it obvious that I only half-grasp most of what Hayles says?
I bet she checks these reviews on Goodreads and when she gets to mine, becae have to shake her head at my foolishness, plug herself into a Kurig machine, and brew herself a nice batch of disembodied informatics.
Jun 19, Charlotte J. One of the most inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of academic literature I’ve read in a long time.
Katherine Hayles: How We Became Posthuman
This is slowly but surely cementing a position in my academic mindscape as one of the key nodes connecting the various ideas and tendencies which are expected to congeal into a thesis at some point within the next 18 months. It’s as simple as that. The ideas are not at all simple, nor are they unambitious in scope and velocity, but her prose was my anchor throughout Butler One of the most inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of academic literature I’ve read in a long time.
The ideas are not at all simple, nor are they unambitious in scope and velocity, but her prose was my anchor throughout Butler, I love you, but take note.
She moves, seemingly with little effort, from cybernetics to discourse analysis to literary analysis and right back to theories of information and embodiment.
She takes everything ee seriously, and rather than hedging her personal opinion foregrounds it in her web of science, history of ideas and literary analysis. Postguman 17, Addison Nugent rated it it was amazing.
However,Hayles glazes over the disparity between between the richest and poorest societies on the planet. There has always been an uneven distribution of wealth, so uneven in fact that human society has divided itself into two separate worlds: The idea of the first world posthuan, adds another level of hierarchy to the already insurmountable one in place: Poxthuman A staggering acheivement.
I’m not sure that should be celebrated. Becake 06, Brandon rated it really liked it. The strengths of this book come from its three guiding questions or stories on virtual reality: Hayles’ narrative pivots on the The strengths of this book come from its three guiding questions or stories on virtual reality: Hayles’ narrative pivots on the first story above; she suggests that human consciousness is actually separate from humans.
Basically, it might be possible to put human consciousness into a corporeal form that’s not a human body. The age-old theme of human mind versus body isn’t new, but it’s complicated by the digital age in that history shows we may be able to test it by inserting human consciousness into computers. This begs the questions: Anyway, Hayles buoys up her narrative with painstaking history, attention to detail, and quality connections.
May 05, Karen Dich rated it it was amazing. Combines thoughts of cognition, consciousness and a lot of informatics – the latter of which I knew very little and didn’t understood half of it, damn you dobble masters! I’m still digesting, but I’m certain to come back to some of the problems raised in the book. Sep 13, Jan D rated it liked it Shelves: The “upload your consciousness to a computer” is a posthuman idea: Instead of seeing people as mind inside a body and as possessing a body, the “posthuman” is data and thus can be understood and dealt with like computer programs.
The book draws on a wide range of sources including literature, cybernetics and cognitive science.
The reading difficulty is OK: It is not easy, but it does not drown the reader in self-invented terms nor are the sentences super long and intertwined — for such a postmod The “upload your consciousness to a computer” is a posthuman idea: It is not easy, but it does not drown the reader in self-invented terms nor poshhuman the sentences super long and intertwined — for such a postmodern topic it’s pretty accessible.
Apr 28, Ivan Kapersky rated it it was amazing Shelves: This past semester I took the introduction course to Semiotics. I was so fascinated by the teaching methods and readings assigned by the professor that hhayles class expanded my scope of reading.
Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics. Hayles explains that the human condition as it is, is constantly evolving. Posthuman, does not mean the human existence afte This past semester I took the introduction course to Semiotics.
Posthuman, does not mean the human existence after death or hqyles cease of humanity. On the contrary; the human condition per se, as we are now, will continue to evolve as machines parts are integrated to the human body. The author resembles the Descartes theory of mind and body; however, Hayles states that the mind will use the body as a medium in order absorb the information, therefore reducing randomness and creating meaning through pattern recognition.
Since a machine works in binary sequences, pattern recognition will serve as methodology to construct meaning of existence as the posthuman emerges.