Synthetic creativity, organic computers, genetic modification, intelligent machines &endash; such ideas are deeply challenging to many of our traditional assumptions about human uniqueness and superiority. But, ironically, it is our very capacity for technological invention that has secured us so dominant a position in the world which may lead ultimately to (as some have put it) 'The End of Man'. If we are really capable of creating entities that exceed our own skills and intellect then the consequences for humanity are almost inconceivable. Nevertheless, we must now face up to the possibility
PRELIMINARY PAGES; CONTENTS; PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION; FOREWORD; A NOTE ON THE TERM 'POSTHUMAN'; INTRODUCTION TO THE TECHNOLOGICAL CLIMATE OF POSTHUMANISM; CHAPTER ONE: CONSCIOUSNESS, HUMANS AND COMPLEXITY; CHAPTER TWO: SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND ENERGY; CHAPTER THREE: ORDER AND DISORDER, CONTINUITY AND DISCONTINUITY; CHAPTER FOUR: BEING, LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT; CHAPTER FIVE: ART, AESTHETICS AND CREATIVITY; CHAPTER SIX: AUTOMATING CREATIVITY; CHAPTER SEVEN: SYNTHETIC BEINGS; CHAPTER EIGHT: WHAT IS POSTHUMANISM?; APPENDIX I; APPENDIX II; POSTSCRIPT; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX
Previous ed.: 1995. Includes bibliographical references and index.