My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts

  title={My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts},
  author={N. Katherine Hayles},
We live in a world, according to N Katherine Hayles, where new languages are constantly emerging, proliferating, and fading into obsolescence. These are languages of our own making: the programming languages written in code for the intelligent machines we call computers. Hayles' latest exploration provides an exciting new way of understanding the relations between code and language and considers how their interactions have affected creative, technological, and artistic practices. "My Mother Was… 

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