Defragmenter Media (2016)

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Matthew E. Gladden
Georgetown University
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Key organizational decisions made by sapient AIs. The pressure to undergo neuroprosthetic augmentation in order to compete with genetically enhanced coworkers. A corporate headquarters that exists only in cyberspace as a persistent virtual world. A project team whose members interact socially as online avatars without knowing or caring whether fellow team members are human beings or robots. Futurologists' visions of the dawning age of 'posthumanized' organizations range from the disquieting to the exhilarating. Which of these visions are compatible with our best understanding of the capacities and the limits of human intelligence, physiology, and sociality? And what can posthumanist thought reveal about the forces of technologization that are transforming how we collaborate with one another - and with ever more sophisticated artificial agents and systems - to achieve shared goals? This book develops new insights into the evolving nature of intelligent agency and collaboration by applying the post-anthropocentric and post-dualistic methodologies of posthumanism to the fields of organizational theory and management. Building on a comprehensive typology of posthumanism, an emerging 'organizational posthumanism' is described which makes sense of the dynamics of technological posthumanization that are reshaping the members, personnel structures, information systems, processes, physical and virtual spaces, and external environments available to organizations. Conceptual frameworks and tools are formulated for use in diagnosing and guiding the ongoing convergence in the capacities of human and artificial actors spurred by novel technologies relating to human augmentation, synthetic agency, and digital-physical ecosystems. As the first systematic investigation of these topics, this text will interest management scholars and practitioners who must grapple on a daily basis with the forces of technologization that are increasingly powerful drivers of organizational change.
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