This is the first of a few videos I came across under the broad theme of posthumanism, which I’m diving into this week.
While reading the Towards embodied virtuality chapter in N. Katherine Hayles’ How we became posthuman: virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics (1999), I found the above video helped me to begin thinking about the concept of feedback loops.
As I consider further the blurring of boundaries between human and machine, I read the below from Hayles (1999: 2):
‘Central to the construction of the cyborg are informational pathways connecting the organic body to its prosthetic extensions. This presumes a conception of information as a (disembodied) entity that can flow between carbon-based organic components and silicon-based electronic components to make protein and silicon operate as a Single system. When information loses its body, equating humans and computers is especially easy, for the materiality in which the thinking mind is instantiated appears incidental to its essential nature. Moreover, the idea of the feedback loop implies that the boundaries of the autonomous subject are up for grabs, since feedback loops can flow not only within the subject but also between the subject and the environment. From Norbert Wiener on, the flow of information through feedback loops has been associated with the deconstruction of the liberal humanist subject, the version of the “human” with which I will be concerned. Although the “posthuman” differs in its articulations, a common theme is the union of the human with the intelligent machine.’
(Hayles 1999: 2)
Today marks the start of Education and Digital Cultures 2020, and our first block exploring cybercultures. Welcome to everyone else studying this semester!
Ahead of our film festival tutorials this week, I’ve started with Vincent Miller’s chapter on the Body and Information Technology (from Understanding Digital Culture, 2011) which opens with this quote from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner:
Excited to further explore the blurring of boundary between human and machine in the coming days!
Ahead of the course officially beginning tomorrow, I’m liking/saving/sharing this lecture from N. Katherine Hayles as we explore posthumanism during our first block on cybercultures.
This 3-movement work explores contrasting approaches to the use of algorithms in musical composition, a subject I’ve been increasingly fascinated by in recent years.
In November 2019, Leon Kowalski found himself in the offices of a large corporation in Los Angeles, answering some odd questions. “You’re in a desert. You look down and you see a tortoise…” When the questioner moved on to ask about his mother, things didn’t end well.
Welcome to everyone studying Education and Digital Cultures 2020 this semester!
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Looking forward to getting started next week!