Technologies of the New Real: Viral Contagion and Death of the Social

By Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker

© 2022

With astonishing speed and relatively little public debate, we have been projected into a new reality where interactions with drones, robotic bodies, and high-level surveillance are not uncommon to encounter. In this age of ground-breaking developments in robotic technologies, synthetic biology is merging with artificial intelligence and articulated robotic limbs, altogether forming a newly blended reality of machines, bodies, and affect.

Technologies of the New Real draws from critical intersections of technology and society, including drones, surveillance, DIY bodies, and innovations in robotic technology, to explore what these advances in science and technology can tell us about our present reality, or what authors Arthur and Marilouise Kroker deem, as the "new real" of digital culture in the twenty-first century.

Technologies of the New Real explores the many technologies of our reality as they penetrate the social, political, and economic static of our everyday lives, seemingly erasing traditionally conceived boundaries between humans and machines, and rendering fully ambivalent borders between the human mind and simulated data.

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  • Series: Digital Futures
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  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Technologies of the New Real explores the human impact of technology in the twenty-first century.

Technologies of the New Real: Viral Contagion and Death of the Social

By Arthur Kroker and Marilouise Kroker

© 2022

With astonishing speed and relatively little public debate, we have been projected into a new reality where interactions with drones, robotic bodies, and high-level surveillance are not uncommon to encounter. In this age of ground-breaking developments in robotic technologies, synthetic biology is merging with artificial intelligence and articulated robotic limbs, altogether forming a newly blended reality of machines, bodies, and affect.

Technologies of the New Real draws from critical intersections of technology and society, including drones, surveillance, DIY bodies, and innovations in robotic technology, to explore what these advances in science and technology can tell us about our present reality, or what authors Arthur and Marilouise Kroker deem, as the "new real" of digital culture in the twenty-first century.

Technologies of the New Real explores the many technologies of our reality as they penetrate the social, political, and economic static of our everyday lives, seemingly erasing traditionally conceived boundaries between humans and machines, and rendering fully ambivalent borders between the human mind and simulated data.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Digital Futures
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Arthur Kroker is Professor Emeritus and adjunct professor of Political Science, University of Victoria. He is director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (PACTAC).


    Marilouise Kroker was a feminist scholar, publisher, editor, writer, theorist, and performance artist.
  • Table of contents

    1. Preface: I Stepped into the Future and It Wasn’t There
    2. DIY Bodies
    3. Power under Surveillance, Capitalism under Suspicion
    4. Dreaming with Drones
    5. Robots Trekking Across the Uncanny Valley
    6. Epilogue: From the Upsurge of the Blended Mind to Gen Z

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