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A Networked Self and Human Augmentics, Artificial Intelligence, Sentience

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Edited by Zizi Papacharissi


216 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents


Zizi Papacharissi

The Robot Dog Fetches for Whom?

Judith Donath

Self in the loop: bits, patterns, and pathways in the Quantified Self

Natasha Dow Schüll

Posthuman Futures: Connecting/Disconnecting the Networked (Medical) Self

Laura Forlano

Other Things: AI, Robots and Society

David J. Gunkel

Taking social machines beyond the ideal humanlike other

Eleanor Sandry

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

Jessa Lingel

Human-bot Ecologies

Douglas Guilbeault and Joel Finkelstein

AI, the persona, and rights

Tamara Shepherd

Untitled, no.1 (Human Augmentics)

Steve Jones

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

A Networked Self

Each volume in this series develops and pursues a distinct theme focused on the concept of the Networked Self. The five volumes cover the broad range of socio-cultural, political, economic, and sociotechnical issues that shape and are shaped by the (networked) self in late modernity - what we have come to describe as the anthropocene.

Growing upon the initial volume, A Networked Self: Identity, Community and Culture on Social Network Sites, published in 2010, the five volumes will form a picture of the way digital media shapes contemporary notions of identity.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies