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Embodiment : computer networks and symbiosis revisited
conference contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Ashley HolmesAshley Holmes
In a discussion that investigates understanding of individual and shared realities we consider in this paper suggestions that computer-mediation has a dehumanising, disembodying effect. A tonic blended from Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and Latour and Callon's actor-network theory is prescribed as an antidote for what has been described as the post-human condition. It is suggested that J.C.R. Licklider's notion of human-computer symbiosis from 1960 may be reconsidered to investigate contemporary networked computer communication using the "six step key" from the theory of autopoiesis (Varela, Maturana & Uri be, 1974) to establish whether the Internet may be considered a consensual domain, or an autopoietic unity.