Appropriating cyberspace
in The extended self
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Even when the most fervent devotees of the Net, including science fiction writers like the much-quoted William Gibson, who coined the word 'cyberspace,' argue that it opens up entirely new possibilities in the human-machine interface. However, intriguing as it is, the urge to visualize cyberspace and the problems of realizing that urge are only part of a far larger conundrum. In their fervent pursuit of a disembodied, digital Utopia it would seem that the ghosts of Cartesian dualism have found new and troubling expression in many writers' works on the subject, including William Mitchell's. While many complex and time-consuming design processes are automated, unlike the semi-autonomous genetic algorithms, the hybrid approach to virtual design and artificial selection also has the built-in virtue of permeability.

The extended self

Architecture, memes and minds


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