Every new technology invites its own sets of hopes and fears, and raises as many questions as it answers revolving around the same theme: Will technology fundamentally alter the essence of what it means to be human? This volume draws inspiration from the work of the many luminaries who approach augmented, alternative forms of intelligence and consciousness. Scholars contribute their thoughts on how human augmentic technologies and artificial or sentient forms of intelligence can be used to enable, reimagine, and reorganize how we understand our selves, how we conceive the meaning of "human", and how we define meaning in our lives.
Table of Contents
The Robot Dog Fetches for Whom?
Self in the loop: bits, patterns, and pathways in the Quantified Self
Natasha Dow Schüll
Posthuman Futures: Connecting/Disconnecting the Networked (Medical) Self
Other Things: AI, Robots and Society
David J. Gunkel
Taking social machines beyond the ideal humanlike other
Beyond extraordinary: Theorizing artificial intelligence and the self in daily life
Andrea L. Guzman
Agency in the digital age: Using symbiotic agency to explain human-technology interaction
Gina Neff and Peter Nagy
The Immersive VR Self: Performance, Embodiment and Presence in Immersive Virtual Reality Environments
Raz Schwartz and William Steptoe
Writing the body of the paper: Three new materialist methods for examining the socially mediated body
Katie Warfield and Courtney Demone
Clones and cyborgs: Metaphors of artificial intelligence
Douglas Guilbeault and Joel Finkelstein
AI, the persona, and rights
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Zizi Papacharissi is Professor and Head of the Communication Department and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and University Scholar at the University of Illinois System. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media. She has published nine books, including Affective Publics, A Private Sphere, A Networked Self: Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites (Routledge, 2010), and over 60 journal articles, book chapters and reviews. She is the founding and current editor of the open access journal Social Media and Society.
"A vital collection. The Networked Self series has led the way in opening up complex issues of identity and selfhood in our contemporary moment. This book brings us right to the critical forefront, by tackling questions of bots, cyborgs, VR and artificial intelligence with a brilliant group of scholars."-Kate Crawford, Distinguished Research Professor, New York University, and co-founder of the AI Now Institute
"This collection is at its best where it offers the reader resources with which to engage the trope of the ‘networked self’ in ways that question received technological narratives. To do so involves attending to the real consequences of digitally-enabled artifacts and infrastructures, while challenging their pervasive and ongoing mystification." -Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK