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Artificial Life

ISBN13: 9781412918534
ISBN: 1412918537
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $34.0
Publisher: Sage Pubns
Published Date:
Pages: 160

New developments in life science and information science invite rigorous inquiries into what we mean by - and ascribe to - 'life'. This text provides a summary of the key technical and legal developments and an account of why these developments are so unsettling to established categories like 'human', 'technology', and 'nature'.

In five short chapters - that discuss spaces of life; theories of life; the industrialization of life; spaces of property; and new imaginaries -

Artificial Life

- explains how research in biology and informational technology questions the division between human and animal, human and machine, bodies and data, cells and information

- provides an account vitalist and bio-philosophical thinking from Whitehead to Deleuze

- elucidates a new set of ideas and methods focused on complexity and emergence

The text outlines the principal themes with economy and directness; while the focus is on issues of active social concern - like stem cells research - which have stimulated theoretical and methodological developments in the humanities and social sciences. This will be of interest to a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences.