Cyborg Life: The In-Between of Humans and Machines

Phaenex 3 (2):14-36 (2008)
Cyborgs are ongoing becomings of a doubly “in-between” temporality of humans and machines. Materially made from components of both sorts of beings, cyborgs gain increasing function through an interweaving in which each alters the other, from the level of “neural plasticity” to software updates to emotional breakthroughs of which both are a part. One sort of temporal in-between is of the progressive unfolding of a deepening becoming as “not-one-not-two” and the other is a “doubling back” of time into itself in which moments that were once disparate are conjoined or enjambed. Tracing the experience of Michael Chorost during a four year period of coming to terms with his cochlear implant, related in Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human , the essay pinpoints shifts in awareness, perceptual belief, and being-with others that unfold within the in-between of person and machine
Keywords phenomenology, cyborgs, temporal chiasm
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