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Snow Crash

Snow Crash Book
Author : Neal Stephenson
Publisher : Spectra
Release : 2003-08-26
ISBN : 9780553898194
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous, you’ll recognize it immediately Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Praise for Snow Crash “[Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.”—The San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century.”—William Gibson “Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow.”—The New York Times Book Review

Hiro of the Platonic

Hiro of the Platonic Book
Author : Carl Boehm
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2001
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Hiro of the Platonic book written by Carl Boehm, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Shape of the Signifier

The Shape of the Signifier Book
Author : Walter Benn Michaels
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2013-10-31
ISBN : 1400849594
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Shape of the Signifier is a critique of recent theory--primarily literary but also cultural and political. Bringing together previously unconnected strands of Michaels's thought--from "Against Theory" to Our America--it anatomizes what's fundamentally at stake when we think of literature in terms of the experience of the reader rather than the intention of the author, and when we substitute the question of who people are for the question of what they believe. With signature virtuosity, Michaels shows how the replacement of ideological difference (we believe different things) with identitarian difference (we speak different languages, we have different bodies and different histories) organizes the thinking of writers from Richard Rorty to Octavia Butler to Samuel Huntington to Kathy Acker. He then examines how this shift produces the narrative logic of texts ranging from Toni Morrison's Beloved to Michael Hardt and Toni Negri's Empire. As with everything Michaels writes, The Shape of the Signifier is sure to leave controversy and debate in its wake.

The Future of Identity in the Information Society

The Future of Identity in the Information Society Book
Author : Simone Fischer-Hübner,Penny Duquenoy,Albin Zuccato,Leonardo Martucci
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2010-08-25
ISBN : 0387790268
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The increasing diversity of Infonnation Communication Technologies and their equally diverse range of uses in personal, professional and official capacities raise challenging questions of identity in a variety of contexts. Each communication exchange contains an identifier which may, or may not, be intended by the parties involved. What constitutes an identity, how do new technologies affect identity, how do we manage identities in a globally networked infonnation society? th th From the 6 to the 10 August 2007, IFIP (International Federation for Infonnation Processing) working groups 9. 2 (Social Accountability), 9. 6/11. 7 (IT rd Misuse and the Law) and 11. 6 (Identity Management) hold their 3 Intemational Summer School on "The Future of Identity in the Infonnation Society" in cooperation with the EU Network of Excellence FIDIS at Karlstad University. The Summer School addressed the theme of Identity Management in relation to current and future technologies in a variety of contexts. The aim of the IFIP summer schools has been to introduce participants to the social implications of Infonnation Technology through the process of infonned discussion. Following the holistic approach advocated by the involved IFIP working groups, a diverse group of participants ranging from young doctoral students to leading researchers in the field were encouraged to engage in discussion, dialogue and debate in an infonnal and supportive setting. The interdisciplinary, and intemational, emphasis of the Summer School allowed for a broader understanding of the issues in the technical and social spheres.

Cyberculture Cyborgs and Science Fiction

Cyberculture  Cyborgs and Science Fiction Book
Author : William S. Haney
Publisher : Rodopi
Release : 2006-01
ISBN : 9042019484
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Addressing a key issue related to human nature, this book argues that the first-person experience of pure consciousness may soon be under threat from posthuman biotechnology. In exploiting the mind's capacity for instrumental behavior, posthumanists seek to extend human experience by physically projecting the mind outward through the continuity of thought and the material world, as through telepresence and other forms of prosthetic enhancements. Posthumanism envisions a biology/machine symbiosis that will promote this extension, arguably at the expense of the natural tendency of the mind to move toward pure consciousness. As each chapter of this book contends, by forcibly overextending and thus jeopardizing the neurophysiology of consciousness, the posthuman condition could in the long term undermine human nature, defined as the effortless capacity for transcending the mind's conceptual content.Presented here for the first time, the essential argument of this book is more than a warning; it gives a direction: far better to practice patience and develop pure consciousness and evolve into a higher human being than to fall prey to the Faustian temptations of biotechnological power. As argued throughout the book, each person must choose for him or herself between the technological extension of physical experience through mind, body and world on the one hand, and the natural powers of human consciousness on the other as a means to realize their ultimate vision.

After the Orgy

After the Orgy Book
Author : Dominic Pettman
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2002-07-17
ISBN : 9780791453957
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

Tomorrow through the Past

Tomorrow through the Past Book
Author : Jon Lewis
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Release : 2008-12-18
ISBN : 1443802700
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Tomorrow Through the Past: Neal Stephenson and the Project of Global Modernization is the first collection of scholarly essays dedicated exclusively to this important voice in contemporary American fiction. The collection grew from five essays originally presented at the 2006 XXth Century Literature Conference at the University of Louisville, and the contributors are made up of graduate students, independent scholars, and university professors who hope the collection will aid general readers as well as instructors teaching Stephenson and professionals building the critical response to his work. Reading through the lenses of history and linguistic, cultural, and science fiction studies, the essays in the collection examine each of Stephenson’s novels from The Big U to The Baroque Cycle as well as his long non-fiction work on computer operating systems, In the Beginning … Was the Command Line. Included in this collection is a new interview conducted with Stephenson during the summer of 2006.

Space Time Play

Space Time Play Book
Author : Friedrich von Borries,Steffen P. Walz,Matthias Böttger
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2007-09-14
ISBN : 376438414X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Computer and video games are leaving the PC and conquering the arena of everyday life in the form of mobile applications—the result is new types of cities and architecture. How do these games alter our perception of real and virtual space? What can the designers of physical and digital worlds learn from one another?

Infectious Rhythm

Infectious Rhythm Book
Author : Barbara Browning
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 1998
ISBN : 9780415919814
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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On AIDS and Diasporal cultural practices

Cyberarts 2000

Cyberarts 2000 Book
Author : Hannes Leopoldseder,Christine Schöpf
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2000
ISBN : 9783211834985
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Compendium of Computer Arts from the Competition Prix Ars Electronica.

Netymology

Netymology Book
Author : Tom Chatfield
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2013-03-28
ISBN : 1780879946
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Composed of 100 bite-sized entries of 400 to 600 words each, Netymology weaves together stories, etymologies and analyses around digital culture's transformation, and creation, of words. Tom Chatfield presents a kaleidoscopic, thought-provoking tour through the buried roots of some of the digital age's most common terms: from the @ and Apple symbols, to HTML and Trojan horses, to the twisted histories of new forms of slang, memes, text messages and gaming terms. There's also discussion of the trends behind digital words, and of the ways language itself is being shaped by new forces - and revelations about how these forces are, in turn, reshaping us.

Virtually Sacred

Virtually Sacred Book
Author : Robert M. Geraci
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2014-06-13
ISBN : 0199379971
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Millions of users have taken up residence in virtual worlds, and in those worlds they find opportunities to revisit and rewrite their religious lives. Robert M. Geraci argues that virtual worlds and video games have become a locus for the satisfaction of religious needs, providing many users with devoted communities, opportunities for ethical reflection, a meaningful experience of history and human activity, and a sense of transcendence. Using interviews, surveys, and his own first-hand experience within the virtual worlds, Geraci shows how World of Warcraft and Second Life provide participants with the opportunity to rethink what it means to be religious in the contemporary world. Not all participants use virtual worlds for religious purposes, but many online residents use them to rearrange or replace religious practice as designers and users collaborate in the production of a new spiritual marketplace. Using World of Warcraft and Second Life as case studies, this book shows that many residents now use virtual worlds to re-imagine their traditions and work to restore them to "authentic" sanctity, or else replace religious institutions with virtual communities that provide meaning and purpose to human life. For some online residents, virtual worlds are even keys to a post-human future where technology can help us transcend mortal life. Geraci argues that World of Warcraft and Second Life are "virtually sacred" because they do religious work. They often do such work without regard for-and frequently in conflict with-traditional religious institutions and practices; ultimately they participate in our sacred landscape as outsiders, competitors, and collaborators.

Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine

Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1892
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine book written by , available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The Overland Monthly

The Overland Monthly Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1892
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Overland Monthly book written by , available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

The History of the Future

The History of the Future Book
Author : Blake J. Harris
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2019-02-19
ISBN : 0062455982
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the bestselling author of Console Wars. From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey—then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer—invents a device that has the potential to change everything. With the help of a videogame legend, a serial entrepreneur and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy startup kickstarts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned and neverending twists and turns—including an unlikely multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, which shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality. Drawing on over a hundred interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry.

Critical Digital Studies

Critical Digital Studies Book
Author : Arthur Kroker,Marilouise Kroker
Publisher : University of Toronto Press
Release : 2013-12-11
ISBN : 1442666714
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Since its initial publication, Critical Digital Studies has proven an indispensable guide to understanding digitally mediated culture. Bringing together the leading scholars in this growing field, internationally renowned scholars Arthur and Marilouise Kroker present an innovative and interdisciplinary survey of the relationship between humanity and technology. The reader offers a study of our digital future, a means of understanding the world with new analytic tools and means of communication that are defining the twenty-first century. The second edition includes new essays on the impact of social networking technologies and new media. A new section – “New Digital Media” – presents important, new articles on topics including hacktivism in the age of digital power and the relationship between gaming and capitalism. The extraordinary range and depth of the first edition has been maintained in this new edition. Critical Digital Studies will continue to provide the leading edge to readers wanting to understand the complex intersection of digital culture and human knowledge.

Deconstructing the Starships

Deconstructing the Starships Book
Author : Gwyneth A. Jones
Publisher : Liverpool University Press
Release : 1999
ISBN : 9780853237938
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The subject matter of this collection is varied, but displays Jones’ stance as a practicing SF writer and a feminist; the writing is characterized by both an incisive engagement with the texts and a refusal to dress that engagement in jargon. This very readable book provides insight into the work of one of the UK's most interesting writers and presents strong – sometimes even subversive – views of a range of modern SF and fantasy. "Gwyneth Jones is one of the two or three most important writers of the current sf boom in the UK... from the evidence in this book it is clear she is also one of the most reflective and readable sf critics working today."—Science Fiction Studies

Virtual Geographies

Virtual Geographies Book
Author : Sabine Heuser
Publisher : Rodopi
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9789042009868
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Virtual Geographies is the first detailed study to offer a working definition of cyberpunk within the postmodern force field. Cyberpunk emerges as a new generic cluster within science fiction, one that has spawned many offspring in such domains as film, music, and feminism. Its central features are its adherence to a version of virtual space and a deconstructivist, punk attitude towards (high) culture, modernity, the human body and technology, from computers to prosthetics. The main proponents of cyberpunk are analyzed in depth along with the virtual landscapes they have created - William Gibson's Cyberspace, Pat Cadigan's Mindscapes and Neal Stephenson's Metaverse. Virtual reality is examined closely in all its aspects, from the characteristic narrative constructions employed to the esthetic implications of the 'virtual sublime' and its postmodern potential as a discursive mode. With its interdisciplinary approach Virtual Geographies opens up fresh perspectives for scholars interested in the interaction between popular culture and mainstream literature. At the same time, the science fiction fan will be taken beyond the conventional boundaries of the genre into such revitalizing domains as postmodern architecture and literature, and into cutting-edge aspects of science and social thought.

FormaMente

FormaMente Book
Author : AA. VV.
Publisher : Gangemi Editore spa
Release : 2012-07-25T00:00:00+02:00
ISBN : 8849274335
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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RICERCA Jet momentum dependence of jet quenching in PbPb collisions at SNN = 2.76 TeV The CMS Collaboration Modeling the metaverse: a theoretical model of effective team collaboration in 3D virtual environments Sarah van der Land, Alexander P. Schouten, Bart van den Hooff, Frans Feldberg The capture of moving object in video image Weina Fu, Zhiwen Xu, Shuai Liu, Xin Wang, Hongchang Ke Visual metaphors in virtual worlds. The example of NANEC 2010/11 Dolors Capdet Von Neuromancer zu Second Life. Raumsimulationen im Cyberspace Steffen Krämer APPLICAZIONI APPLICAZIONI Sensor models and localization algorithms for sensor networks based on received signal strength Fredrik Gustafsson, Fredrik Gunnarsson, David Lindgren Interactive lab to learn radio astronomy, microwave & antenna engineering at the Technical University of Cartagena José Luis Gómez-Tornero, David Cañete-Rebenaque, Fernando Daniel Quesada-Pereira, Alejandro Álvarez-Melcón

Virtual Social Identity and Consumer Behavior

Virtual Social Identity and Consumer Behavior Book
Author : Natalie T. Wood,Michael R. Solomon
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-12-18
ISBN : 1317452577
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The creation and expression of identity (or of multiple identities) in immersive computer-mediated environments (CMEs) is rapidly transforming consumer behavior. The various social networking and gaming sites have millions of registered users worldwide, and major corporations are beginning to attempt to reach and entice the growing flood of consumers occupying these virtual worlds. Despite this huge potential, however, experts know very little about the best way to talk to consumers in these online environments. How will well-established research findings from the offline world transfer to CMEs? That's where "Virtual Social Identity and Consumer Behavior" comes in. Written by two of the leading experts in the field, it presents cutting-edge academic research on virtual social identity, explores consumer behavior in virtual worlds, and offers important implications for marketers interested in working in these environments. The book provides special insight into the largest and fastest growing group of users - kids and teens. There is no better source for understanding the impact of virtual social identities on consumers, consumer behavior, and electronic commerce.