7. Life Expansion Media

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Natasha Vita-More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch7

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Vita-More, N. (2013) Life Expansion Media, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • cybernetics;
  • decomposition;
  • human-machine interfaces;
  • life expansion media;
  • prosthetic body;
  • regeneration;
  • transmutation

Summary

The idea of a symbiogenesis is an underlying theme of life expansion, in relation to a “biotechnogenesis” of emerging and speculative technologies, which form the media of life expansion. If the goal of life expansion is increasing the length of time a person is alive and diversifying the matter or substrates in which a person exists, then the process of decomposition is at the center of the process of regeneration. As human–computer interface, virtuality, bioarts, synthetic life, and other means begin to link to extending life over time and onto/into nonbiological platforms, the issue of transmutation of matter will need to be further developed, debated, and articulated, especially in theoretical and practice-based models. The province of life expansion can be seen as having emerged from cybernetics, and most directly from n-order cybernetics.