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1st Edition

Modified: Living as a Cyborg

ISBN 9780815364016
Published October 8, 2020 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

Building off the highly successful The Cyborg Handbook, this new collection of essays, interviews, and creative pieces brings together a set of compelling personal accounts about what it means to live as a cyborg in the twenty-first century.

Human integration with complex technologies goes back to clothes, cooking, and language, but has accelerated incredibly in the last few centuries, with interest spreading among scientists, coders, people with sophisticated implants, theorists, and artists. This collection includes some of the most articulate of these voices from over 25 countries, including Donna Haraway, Stelarc, Natasha Vita-More, Steve Mann, Amber Case, Michael Chorost, Moon Ribas, Kevin Warwick, Sandy Stone, Dion Farquhar, Angeliki Malakasioti, Elif Ayiter, Heesang Lee, Angel Gordo, and others. Addressing topics including race, gender, sexuality, class, conflict, capitalism, climate change, disability and beyond, this collection also explores the differences between robots, androids, cyborgs, hybrids, post-, trans-, and techno-humans, offering readers a critical vocabulary for understanding and discussing the cyborgification of culture and everyday life.

Compelling, interdisciplinary, and international, the book is a perfect primer for students, researchers, and teachers of cyberculture, media and cultural theory, and science fiction studies, as well as anyone interested in the intersections between human and machine.

Table of Contents


"You Are a Cyborg; Deal With It!" The Overdetermination of Modification

Chris Hables Gray, Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera, Steven Mentor


Part 1: Being a Cyborg Is My Job

1 Modifeyed: Why Privellance Is More Important to Our Cyborg Future Than Privacy

Steve Mann

2 The Avatars of alpha.tribe

Elif Ayiter

3 Tanks, the Shield of Achilles, and Social Cyborgs


4 Experiments with Cyborg Technology

Kevin Warwick

5 The Body Vehicle: An Argument for Transhuman Bodies

Natasha Vita More

6 When I First Met Jesus, He Was Cyborg

Gill Haddow


Part 2: Being a Cyborg for My Health

7 Pers. ex.

Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone

8 Infusions/Infusiones: Itinerant Portraits in My Cancer Treatment 

Heidi Figueroa-Sarriera

9 To See With Eyes Unshielded: Perceiving Life as a Partible Cyborg

Miranda Loughry

10 "Don’t Mess With My Heart Device, I'll Do It Myself." In Which Karen and Marie Interview Each Other

Marie Moe and Karen Sandler

11 Becoming an Accidental Cyborg Feminist Socialist

Michael Chorost

12 Ghost in the Biome

Steve Guile

13 "Cyborg" "Mom"

Dion Farquhar


Part 3: Imagining Myself Cyborg

14 Cyborgian Episteme as Queer Art-science

Clarissa Ai Ling Lee

15 Computer Kid

Amber Case

16 Seven Ghosts: Critical Confessions of a Psyborg Mind

Angeliki Malakasioti

17 A Mundane Cyborg: My Smartphone, My Body, and My City

Heesang Lee

18 To Be Transhumanist, Or Not To Be

Nikola Danaylov

19 On Cultural Cyborgs

Audrey Bennett and Ron Eglash


Part 4: Performing my cyborgness

20 Waiting for Earthquakes

Moon Ribas

21 My Cyborg Performance as a Techno-Cerebral Subject

Melike Şahinol

22 A Song for the Universe in the Dialect of Terran Cyborg Companions

Lissette Olivaries

23 Modulating

Lucian O’Connor

24 Zombies, Cyborgs & Chimeras: Alternative Anatomical Architectures



Part 5: Thinking myself a cyborg

25 I, Cyborgologist

Chris Hables Gray and Bob Thawley

26 Cyborg Empathy for the Age of (In)difference

Sandra P. González Santos

27 Being a Cyborg in a Connected World Increasingly Mediated by Algorithms: From the Perspective of Two Brazilian Journalists

Silvia DalBen and Amanda Chevtchouk Jurno

28 Social Challenges: The Serious Game of Digitalization

Angel Gordo

29 Disc/erning the Crisis: A Mundane Cyborg Throws Hope to the Wind

Steven Mentor

30 The Best Possible Now

Donna Haraway, with Nada Miljkovic


Artist’s Comment

Julia C R Gray

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Chris Hables Gray is the author of Postmodern War, Cyborg Citizen and Peace, War and Computers. He is a Continuing Lecturer and Fellow at Crown College, University of California at Santa Cruz.

Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera is a community social psychologist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her research area is focused on digital technology and the transformations of everyday life, subjectivity, and embodiment. 

Steven Mentor is a Professor of Critical Thinking, English and American Literature, and writing at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California. His current research includes cyborgs and climate justice, climate fiction, and new models of online and hybrid learning.