Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Computers - 257 pages
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Examines the construction, manipulation and re-definition of life in contemporary technoscientific culture. It takes a critical political view of the concept of life as information, tracing this through the new biology and the discourse of genomics as well as through the changing discipline of artificial life and its manifestation in art, language, literature, commerce and entertainment. From cloning to computer games, and incorporating an analysis of hardware, software and 'wetware', Sarah Kember extends current understanding by demonstrating the ways in which this relatively marginal field connects with, and connects up global networks of information and communication systems characterised, increasingly, by claims to autonomy, agency and evolvability. From a feminist perspective, and with a set of concerns related to the role of the body, the self and the species in the production of life-as-it-could-be, the argument turns on the realisation that resistance is futile. Artificial life (ALife) is, in part, an adaptation to the climate of opposition surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI).
 

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Contents

Autonomy and areificiality in global networks
1
the new biology
14
Artificial Life
53
CyberLifes Creatures
83
Network identities
116
genomies
145
Evolving feminism in Alife environments
175
Beyond the science wars
211
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Sarah Kember is Professor of New Technologies of Communication at Goldsmiths, University of London, and author, most recently, of "The Optical Effects of Lightning".

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