The Nature of the Machine and the Collapse of Cybernetics

A Transhumanist Lesson for Emerging Technologies

  • Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 1-4
  3. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 47-80
  4. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 113-138
  5. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 139-169
  6. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 171-201
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    Pages 203-216
  8. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 217-248
  9. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    Pages 265-269
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 271-299

About this book


This book is a philosophical exploration of the theoretical causes behind the collapse of classical cybernetics. Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson advances the idea that the cybernetic understanding of the nature of a machine entails ontological and epistemological consequences that create both material and theoretical conundrums. He proposes that, given our current state of materials, research, and practices, there might be a way for cybernetics to flourish. 

The book starts with a historical treatment of cybernetics, and proceeds with a philosophical explanation of its collapse—emphasizing the work of Turing, Ashby and von Neumann—and connects it with the emerging technologies carrying its signature. The transhumanist metaphysics of both cybernetics and NBIC is then unveiled. Finally, avenues of research that may allow these technologies to circumvent the cybernetic fate are indicated. It is advanced that emerging technologies ultimately entail an affirmation of humanity. 


technology emergent synthetic biology artificial intelligence machine

Authors and affiliations

  • Alcibiades Malapi-Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54516-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54517-2
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