this book explores historical traces of human life within the discourse of artifical intelligence. it addresses a matrix of themes about technology and change, ranging from the realm of the inanimate to the animate. it traces the ways in which the human spirit looks beyond its limitations and ponders the potentia of `being human.'
niran b. abbas is a senior lecturer in the department of "media and cultural studies" at kingston university (london, uk). she is the editor of mapping michel serres (ann arbor, 2005) and thomas pynchon: reading from the margins (madison, 2003). her interests range from new media, theories of surveillance, the internet to concepts of the transhuman. at the present, she is working on the relationship of the five senses to new technologies as well as to new media.