Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology

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U of Minnesota Press, 2010 - Science - 281 pages
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Since the early 19th century, technological innovators and theorists have proposed insects as templates for a wide range of technologies. This text explains how insect forms of social organization - swarms, hives, webs and distributed intelligence - have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society.
 

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Contents

The Uncanny Affects of Insects
1
Insect Architecture and Swarms
27
Uexkülls Ethology
57
Elements for an Insect Game Theory
85
Intermezzo
113
Bees Milieus and Individuation
121
Swarming Algorithms
145
Teknolust and the Weird Life of SRAs
169
Insect Media as an Art of Transmutation
195
Notes
207
Index
271
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About the author (2010)

Jussi Parikka is reader in media theory and history at Anglia Ruskin University and the director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) research institute. He is the author of Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses.

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