Coming of Age in Second Life

Coming of Age in Second Life Author Tom Boellstorff
ISBN-10 9781400874101
Release 2015-08-25
Pages 344
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Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds. Second Life is one of the largest of these virtual worlds. The residents of Second Life create communities, buy property and build homes, go to concerts, meet in bars, attend weddings and religious services, buy and sell virtual goods and services, find friendship, fall in love--the possibilities are endless, and all encountered through a computer screen. At the time of its initial publication in 2008, Coming of Age in Second Life was the first book of anthropology to examine this thriving alternate universe. Tom Boellstorff conducted more than two years of fieldwork in Second Life, living among and observing its residents in exactly the same way anthropologists traditionally have done to learn about cultures and social groups in the so-called real world. He conducted his research as the avatar "Tom Bukowski," and applied the rigorous methods of anthropology to study many facets of this new frontier of human life, including issues of gender, race, sex, money, conflict and antisocial behavior, the construction of place and time, and the interplay of self and group. Coming of Age in Second Life shows how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself. Now with a new preface in which the author places his book in light of the most recent transformations in online culture, Coming of Age in Second Life remains the classic ethnography of virtual worlds.



Virtually Human

Virtually Human Author Martine Rothblatt, PhD
ISBN-10 9781466847040
Release 2014-09-09
Pages 368
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Virtually Human explores what the not-too-distant future will look like when cyberconsciousness—simulation of the human brain via software and computer technology—becomes part of our daily lives. Meet Bina48, the world's most sentient robot, commissioned by Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics. Bina48 is a nascent Mindclone of Martine's wife that can engage in conversation, answer questions, and even have spontaneous thoughts that are derived from multimedia data in a Mindfile created by the real Bina. If you're active on Twitter or Facebook, share photos through Instagram, or blogging regularly, you're already on your way to creating a Mindfile—a digital database of your thoughts, memories, feelings, and opinions that is essentially a back-up copy of your mind. Soon, this Mindfile can be made conscious with special software—Mindware—that mimics the way human brains organize information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness. This may sound like science-fiction A.I. (artificial intelligence), but the nascent technology already exists. Thousands of software engineers across the globe are working to create cyberconsciousness based on human consciousness and the Obama administration recently announced plans to invest in a decade-long Brain Activity Map project. Virtually Human is the only book to examine the ethical issues relating to cyberconsciousness and Rothblatt, with a Ph.D. in medical ethics, is uniquely qualified to lead the dialogue.



Virtually Human

Virtually Human Author Ed Brooks
ISBN-10 178359389X
Release 2015
Pages 174
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Virtually Human has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Virtually Human also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Virtually Human book for free.



Virtually Sacred

Virtually Sacred Author Robert M. Geraci
ISBN-10 9780199379972
Release 2014-06-13
Pages 352
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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.



Preparing for Life in Humanity 2 0

Preparing for Life in Humanity 2 0 Author S. Fuller
ISBN-10 9781137277077
Release 2012-10-30
Pages 117
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Developing directly from Fuller's recent book Humanity 2.0 , this is the first book to seriously consider what a 'post-' or 'trans'-' human state of being might mean for who we think we are, how we live, what we believe and what we aim to be.



Virtually Christian

Virtually Christian Author Anthony Bartlett
ISBN-10 9781846943966
Release 2011
Pages 277
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"Virtually Christian reconfigures the traditional framework of theology. Gone are the heavenly other world and its metaphysical God. In their place is revealed a God deeply implicated in the human story and laboring with us for a transformed earth. This book provides a vital contemporary reading of both the gospel message and classical Christian thought" -- BOOK JACKET.



Verloren unter 100 Freunden

Verloren unter 100 Freunden Author Sherry Turkle
ISBN-10 9783641087920
Release 2012-04-30
Pages 576
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Google, Facebook, E-mail und Online-Games haben unser Leben fest im Griff. Wie wird unsere Zukunft aussehen? Wir wollten sie als smarte „Diener“ unseres Alltags, nun sind sie unsere Herren. Sie sollten uns helfen, Zeit zu sparen, nun sind sie zu Zeitfressern sondergleichen geworden. Wir wollten sie programmieren, jetzt programmieren sie uns. Wenn insbesondere junge Leute hemmungslos in Blogs, Chats, Kontaktforen und Onlinewelten abtauchen, hat das einen tieferen Psychologischen Grund: Menschliche Beziehungen erscheinen zunehmend kompliziert und verletzend. Dafür bietet das Netz Kontakt ohne wahre Intimität, Gemeinschaft ohne Risiko, Nähe mit ausreichendem Sicherheitsabstand. Der moderne Mensch hat oft 100 Facebook-Friends, aber keinen einzigen echten Freund. Computer und Internet geben uns die Freiheit, überall zu arbeiten – in Wahrheit sind wir überall „gemeinsam einsam“. Sherry Turkle zeigt, wie Technologien zunehmend die Funktionsweise unseres Geistes und unser Gefühlsleben beeinflussen. Sie führt uns mit aktuellen Studien und drastischen Fallbeispielen vor Augen, welche ernsten Konsequenzen die gedankenlose Hingabe an die digitalen Verführer hat. Aber sie verdammt die Cyberwelt keineswegs als Teufelszeug. Denn wir haben durchaus die Chance, ihre immer grenzenloseren Möglichkeiten verantwortungsvoll zu nutzen.



DIY Style

DIY Style Author Brent Luvaas
ISBN-10 9780857850478
Release 2013-07-18
Pages 208
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Armed with cheap digital technologies and a fiercely independent spirit, millions of young people from around the world have taken cultural production into their own hands, crafting their own clothing lines, launching their own record labels, and forging a vast, collaborative network of impassioned amateurs more interested in making than consuming. DIY Style tells the story of this international do-it-yourself (DIY) movement through a major case study of one of its biggest, but least known contingents: the "indie" music and fashion scene of the predominantly Muslim Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia. Through rich ethnographic detail, in-depth historical analysis, and cutting-edge social theory, the book chronicles the rise of DIY culture in Indonesia, and also explores the phenomenon in Europe and the United States, painting an evocative portrait of vibrant communities who are not only making and distributing popular culture on their own terms, but working to tear down the barriers between production and consumption, third and first world, global and local. What emerges from the book is a cautiously optimistic view of the future of global capitalism - a creative, collectivist alternative built from the ground up. This exciting and original study is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, fashion, media studies, cultural studies and sociology.



The Way the Wind Blows

The Way the Wind Blows Author Roderick J. McIntosh
ISBN-10 9780231505789
Release 2000-08-24
Pages 448
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Scientists and policymakers are beginning to understand in ever-increasing detail that environmental problems cannot be understood solely through the biophysical sciences. Environmental issues are fundamentally human issues and must be set in the context of social, political, cultural, and economic knowledge. The need both to understand how human beings in the past responded to climatic and other environmental changes and to synthesize the implications of these historical patterns for present-day sustainability spurred a conference of the world's leading scholars on the topic. The Way the Wind Blows is the rich result of that conference. Articles discuss the dynamics of climate, human perceptions of and responses to the environment, and issues of sustainability and resiliency. These themes are illustrated through discussions of human societies around the world and throughout history.



The Viral Network

The Viral Network Author Theresa MacPhail
ISBN-10 9780801454882
Release 2014-11-13
Pages 264
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In The Viral Network, Theresa MacPhail examines our collective fascination with and fear of viruses through the lens of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. In April 2009, a novel strain of H1N1 influenza virus resulting from a combination of bird, swine, and human flu viruses emerged in Veracruz, Mexico. The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official end to the pandemic in August 2010. Experts agree that the global death toll reached 284,500. The public health response to the pandemic was complicated by the simultaneous economic crisis and by the public scrutiny of official response in an atmosphere of widespread connectivity. MacPhail follows the H1N1 influenza virus's trajectory through time and space in order to construct a three-dimensional picture of what happens when global public health comes down with a case of the flu. The Viral Network affords a rare look inside the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as well as Hong Kong’s virology labs and Centre for Health Protection, during a pandemic. MacPhail looks at the day-to-day practices of virologists and epidemiologists to ask questions about the production of scientific knowledge, the construction of expertise, disease narratives, and the different "cultures" of public health in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, and China. The chapters of the book move from the micro to the macro, from Hong Kong to Atlanta, from the lab to the WHO, from the pandemic past in 1918 to the future. The various historical, scientific, and cultural narratives about flu recounted in this book show how biological genes and cultural memes become interwoven in the stories we tell during a pandemic. Ultimately, MacPhail argues that the institution of global public health is as viral as the viruses it tracks, studies, and helps to contain or eradicate. The “global” is itself viral in nature.



Digital Anthropology

Digital Anthropology Author Heather A. Horst
ISBN-10 9780857852939
Release 2013-08-01
Pages 328
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Anthropology has two main tasks: to understand what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested differently in the diversity of culture. These tasks have gained new impetus from the extraordinary rise of the digital. This book brings together several key anthropologists working with digital culture to demonstrate just how productive an anthropological approach to the digital has already become. Through a range of case studies from Facebook to Second Life to Google Earth, Digital Anthropology explores how human and digital can be defined in relation to one another, from avatars and disability; cultural differences in how we use social networking sites or practise religion; the practical consequences of the digital for politics, museums, design, space and development to new online world and gaming communities. The book also explores the moral universe of the digital, from new anxieties to open-source ideals. Digital Anthropology reveals how only the intense scrutiny of ethnography can overturn assumptions about the impact of digital culture and reveal its profound consequences for everyday life. Combining the clarity of a textbook with an engaging style which conveys a passion for these new frontiers of enquiry, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology, media studies, communication studies, cultural studies and sociology.



The Winter Long

The Winter Long Author Seanan McGuire
ISBN-10 9781101601754
Release 2014-09-02
Pages 368
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Toby thought she understood her own past; she thought she knew the score. She was wrong. It's time to learn the truth.



Silver Sequence Silver City

Silver Sequence  Silver City Author Cliff McNish
ISBN-10 9781444004199
Release 2010-12-23
Pages 240
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Milo, transformed into a luminous silver child, keeps watch over the teeming city of Coldharbour, now filled with children from all over the world. We meet Tanni and Parminder, who lead the frightening Unearthers, children who are virtually human drills. But who is controlling them? Why are they draining Thomas of his beauty? Where is the Roar? And what is the significance of the mud dolls that Jenny makes? In an intense and page-turning story, the destinies of these magical children unfold as battlelines are drawn around them for the biggest fight ever between good and evil.



Moonlight and Diamonds

Moonlight and Diamonds Author Michele Hauf
ISBN-10 9781460379707
Release 2015-04-01
Pages 304
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The Werewolf and the Socialite. Two Different Worlds. One Shared Destiny. Like the jewels she stole, Paris socialite Blyss Sauveterre is someone to be handled carefully. Stryke Saint-Pierre discovered that when the beautiful thief used their attraction to pilfer an infamous diamond. But when they make love, Stryke senses that—just like the gems she covets—Blyss has more facets to her than meet the eye… Blyss cannot let the brutish werewolf know that these heists pay for an elixir to keep her wolf at bay. Until her latest theft puts a pack of deadly demons hot on her trail. Now the redneck werewolf is this socialite's only salvation. But when the danger is past, dare Blyss succumb to the desire to let her inner wolf run wild with a man who represents all she could ever want?



Devotions With Your Cat

Devotions With Your Cat Author Katherine Tapley-Milton
ISBN-10 9781449783389
Release 2013-02-15
Pages 456
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This 380-page devotional book offers daily lessons containing two Bible readings and a thought for the day for meditation.



Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web

Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web Author Martha McCaughey
ISBN-10 9781134623440
Release 2014-04-16
Pages 306
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Cyberactivism already has a rich history, but over the past decade the participatory web—with its de-centralized information/media sharing, portability, storage capacity, and user-generated content—has reshaped political and social change. Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web examines the impact of these new technologies on political organizing and protest across the political spectrum, from the Arab Spring to artists to far-right groups. Linking new information and communication technologies to possibilities for solidarity and action—as well as surveillance and control—in a context of global capital flow, war, and environmental crisis, the contributors to this volume provide nuanced analyses of the dramatic transformations in media, citizenship, and social movements taking place today.



As If

As If Author Michael Saler
ISBN-10 9780199887804
Release 2011-12-29
Pages 304
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Many people throughout the world "inhabit" imaginary worlds communally and persistently, parsing Harry Potter and exploring online universes. These activities might seem irresponsibly escapist, but history tells another story. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Sherlock Holmes became the world's first "virtual reality" character, readers began to colonize imaginary worlds, debating serious issues and viewing reality in provisional, "as if" terms rather than through essentialist, "just so" perspectives. From Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Tolkien's Middle-earth to the World of Warcraft and Second Life, As If provides a cultural history that reveals how we can remain enchanted but not deluded in an age where fantasy and reality increasingly intertwine.