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Redefining Eternity: Interfacing Immortality in the Digital Corporate World


Crawford, Bethany

In Redefining Eternity: Interfacing Immortality in the Digital Corporate World, Bethany Crawford critically assesses the implications of “digital immortality” for central tenets of the human experience - such as consciousness, death, and time - as a preliminary mapping of the shifting existential paradigms of the digital age. This groundbreaking new book explores the social consequences and provocations of a digitally replicable subject in the current sociopolitical context. It thereby confronts a timeless philosophical question, imbued with ever greater urgency in our digital age: What does it mean to be human?

Redefining Eternity establishes the motivations of digital and information technologies in creating “immortalization” through social and modal engagement with these new media. By analyzing various digital services currently promoting immortality, both intentionally and unintentionally, and engaging with texts by transhumanists and technologists such as Ray Kurzweil, Martine Rothblatt, and Max More, this endeavor allows for critical interpretation of the key terminologies, processes, and intentions for an immortal digital being. Crawford’s findings offer a dynamic foundation for conceptual analysis of the ramifications of “living forever” as a digital post-death self.

Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Identity Politics, Science, Technology, Information Technology, Computer Science, Immortality, Ray Kurzweil, Martine Rothblatt, Max More, Transhumanism, Futurism, Cybernetics
Release Date: 
September 15, 2020
978-1680539646 Hardcover
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