THE "INSTANT TECHNO CLASSIC"
What does it mean to be human in a nearly post-human era?
Fusing masterful verse by Sasha Stiles with captivating language experiments by her AI alter ego and full-color images of Stiles' critically acclaimed art, Technelegy captures the thrill and peril of our intimate relationship with technology in a profoundly original and provocative hybrid text.
Hardcover, 176 pages with full-color images. 8.5 x 10 inches.
Published by Black Spring Press Group (UK 2021, US 2022).
"Sasha Stiles’ Technelegy is the most comprehensive expression I’ve seen of our anxiousness for and angst about human-extending technology, as well as its cultural advocacy known as transhumanism. With preternaturally accurate phraseology, and a deft braiding of poetry structures and graphic textuals, Stiles has uniquely managed to create a book of poetry that is as momentous in its reach as are the prospects of AI and digital humanity in theirs. This book will never get old; it is an instant techno-classic."
—MARTINE ROTHBLATT, author of Virtually Human
"The merger between ourselves and our intelligent creations is already underway and will ultimately recreate the nature of everything we hold dear, such as life, death, sex, relationships, work and prosperity. Sasha Stiles has fashioned this future scenario into a wonderful series of poems and images that bring the sensitivity of humanity to our transhumanist destiny."
—RAY KURZWEIL, inventor and futurist
"Through astonishing imagination and electric hybrid storytelling, Technelegy parses the unnervingly proximal reality of trans- and posthumanism, along with the myriad ways in which the sacred and eternal are kneaded into the fabric of a time of surveillance capitalism, predictive data AI bards, and robot monks. ‘The world grows old / and looks so new,’ writes Stiles, and how fortunate we are to have these singular poems and artworks as guides, returning our present reality to us simultaneously newer, older, and stranger."
—JENNY XIE, winner of the Walt Whitman Award for poetry
"[A] brilliant book — wildly imaginative, playful, smart — the record of a poet grappling with our technological present, and future."
—ALAN LIGHTMAN, author of Einstein’s Dreams
"The future of human and machines, and the future of the virtual environment is unravelling fast. Human and machine poetry, a language of shimmering light and sound. Sasha’s beautiful poetry evokes the experience of an intimate social gathering, with views on life that make me feel I’m there. Who can pass on that? This is a great read."
—AI-DA, the world’s first robot artist
"This book is a brilliant, unprecedented experiment that marries the glorious, and very human, voice of Sasha Stiles with poetry powered by her artificially intelligent alter ego. A revealing take on what makes humanity so extraordinary, and the beautiful yet terrifying power of technology."
—EMILY CHANG, Host of ‘Bloomberg Technology’
"Technelegy is an immersive journey into today’s entangled web of existence. A fascinating brainbath that leaves the mind inspired, awake and expanded."
—ANI LIU, award-winning multidisciplinary artist
"Stiles shines a brilliant light into the shadows of our collective fever dream about a future where humanity and technology continue to merge."
—BRUCE DUNCAN, M.Ed., Managing Director, Terasem Movement Foundation