An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology Paperback – January 8, 2014
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A tasty foreward by cyber-historian Douglas Rushkoff, thoughtful historical intro, key terms, commentaries, footnotes & reading list have been skillfully curated & orchestrated to create something more than a dictionary. Taken as a whole, it succeeds in revealing the many levels on which our lives and selves are being augmented by technology. Author Case argues it is not just the impact of hardware enhancing humans, but also software, connectivity, and language itself. "In order to navigate this new terrain of our own making, we deserve a language for our describing and conceiving it," Rushkoff writes in his opening piece. "Without the words we have no idea of what we are doing."
This is why the DICTIONARY OF CYBORG ANTHROPOLOGY is so intriguing. Its terms and provocative commentaries function essentially as new lenses, new ways of seeing emerging evolutionary forces that not only augment us -- but may be altering us forever. From Cyborg, Companion Species, and Extended Nervous System to Prosthetics, Quantified Self, and Synesthesia, there are just 40 terms and memes in this concise book. However, more are available on a companion website CyborgAnthropology.com --a wiki where Amber Case invites readers to participate in defining and discussing the future. One can assume that this dictionary, like all dictionaries, will always be a work in progress.
P.S. If you want a quick preview of Amber Case's unique perspective (and persona), watch her eye-opening TED talk "We Are All Cyborgs Now".