N. Katherine Hayles, Cyborg–augmented self?

Having read Nikolas Rose’s “The Politics of Life Itself” I found some connection to Hayles’ work on the cyborg and augmentation of the self. If biomedicine and the study of genetics in general lends to empowering the medical gaze of the molecular self, which in turn suggests that individuals can alter their own biology to achieve an optimal state of being relative to some ‘normal’ standard, then perhaps this is a realization of the cyborg. Modulation and augmentation of the body allows us to live optimally–of course this is the ideal supposition. What I feel both Rose and Hayles–especially in her works “How We Became Posthuman” and “Cyborg to Cognisphere”–touch on one central idea that is the loss of self. Technology grants us new ways to intervene ourselves, our minds, our bodies, and so with the ability (or rather the possibility) to edit and modify ourselves we surrender to the understanding that the mind is simply a product of our biology and that it has no stable, fixed, pre-destined identity. The self therefore is no longer of importance and is instead reduced to being a byproduct whatever may pass through the body. Moreover, the body is a mere vessel.

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