The Language of the cybersouls

Monk, John (2002). The Language of the cybersouls. In: B10c Seminar: What's Technology and What Shapes it?, 8 Mar 2002, Lampeter, UK.


Debates about technology are mostly staged in a grand setting: presented as the sinister toolkit of authoritarian organisations, or as the progressive fabric of the future. Yet everyone is involved in technology as part of every microscopic action in every humdrum life. How do theories about technology cope with this political spectrum? One option is to treat technology as we treat language and specifically use Wittgenstein’s language games as an analogy. So that technology, like language, becomes inseparable from us and an intimate part of us, and this merging of technology and the human transforms us all into cyborgs.

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