Algorithmic Tumult and the Brilliance of Chelsea Manning

  • Matthew Fuller

The term posthuman is sometimes used to denote a supercession of the human by means of multiple kinds of enhancement: with the brain and sensual organs becoming part of a service core providing key emotional, reflexive and phenomenological glue to a more advanced cognitive, immunological and performance-enhanced superstructure. Sleek persons with complex electromagnetic auras perform labour, proceduralise compensatory erotic behaviours, and divine important subatomic truths with a glance of their analytically enhanced irises. In the future they will have gone through so many upgrades that not even their souls have an end-user license agreement to neutrally click “okay” on every time they awake to feel their veins squirted with artisan meta-smoothie.

Frankly, that this is not the kind of posthuman discussed here in this chapter is a bit of a let down. The perfect future of heightened productivity and emails that are largely attended to by an enhanced sub-processing unit of neural tissue...



Thanks to Nikita Mazurov and Luciana Parisi for their help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Goldsmiths University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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