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Technical objects in the biological century

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Journal publication date12/2012
JournalZeitschrift für Medien und Kulturforschung
Number of pages18
Original languageEnglish


How does a computer operating system such as Linux differ from a microbe? This paper explores how technical objects are envisaged in the »century of biology«. Via the work of Gilbert Simondon, it asks what modes of existence biotechnical objects will display. The processes of abstraction and concretisation taking place in the field of synthetic biology offer one way to address these questions.