Call for Chapters
Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society
Editor: Steven John Thompson, (UMUC)
Proposals Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015
Full Chapters Due: December 15, 2015
Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society lays the foundation for current research and exploration in cyborg theory and practice, and sets the stage for cyborg inquiry and participation in an academic platform. The project idea comes from my edited book on human enhancement technologies, where scientists, laymen, philosophers, and other explorers converge on the fringe of cybernetics related to human-machine integration and sentience. Some prospective authors may be colleagues from my book and recognized experts in the field. Active association support will be established for this book prior to its publication, possibly from organizations and associations dedicated to robotics, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence.
Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society will publish high-quality, anonymously peer-reviewed essays that explore universal concerns, ethics, objectives, and principles in aspects of emergent technologies related to human-machines, machine-humans, their cyber-relatives, and the proliferation of cyborg activity, culture, engineering, society, and technology. Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society will include groundbreaking and exploratory author contributions from engineers, practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists, theorists, and technologists who work closely — theoretically or in practice — with select emergent technologies, synthetic biological sciences, military advancements, robotics engineering, nanoscience technologies, and related allied research interests. The book provides a forum for the cybernetics field in critical emerging technologies, including research into design, engineering, and technological aspects of cyborg creation and existence alongside humankind for issues in their potential acceptance, participation, policy, governance, and requisite socialization between individualization and corporate, global, networked, mechanized human and humanized machine experiences.
Emerging areas of artificial intelligence and robotics are advancing rapidly, with announcements daily related to cyborgology, ensuring the future of the android, cyborg, and robot entities are here to stay. Theoretical, philosophical, engineering, and practical applications of the technologies merging humankind with machines are being addressed in select, respective periodicals and blogs, including Cyborgology, Cyborg Culture, Stop the Cyborgs, and dozens of books on artificial intelligence, cybernetics, nanosciences, robotics, and synthetic biologies. Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society is capable of rescuing existing research and literature — along with hundreds of growing publications on personal and academic blogs, possibly with some exploratory transhumanist organizations and data in robotics journals dedicated largely to allied fields — through strong provision of a dedicated book for serious topical inquiry and address of all existing and emerging cyborg-related studies issues today.
The target audience for this book will be composed of researchers, professors, graduate students, practitioners, and professionals in academe, and scientists, designers, and technologists in corporate industries who will find value in inquiry into cyborg studies. Persons engaged in academic course offerings associated with bioinformatics, cybernetics, robotics, and synthetic biology will benefit, as will scholars engaged in study of metasystems, new artificial life, and robotics. This book will merge some of the leading disciplinary voices into a singular compelling voice of inquiry on the development of Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society. Moreover, the book will provide insights and support for executives concerned with management of cyborg expertise, knowledge, information and organizational development in different types of work communities and health environments.