If you read a Cyberpunk manifesto, by Christian Kirtchev, you probably noticed the intro and outro addressing a group, called "Electronid Minds". The intention was to bring forward a group by presenting its manifesto. By the time manifesto was published (1997) digital underground groups were ruling the Bulletin Board System (BBS) domains of data and information exchange. Electronic Minds however was never announced elsewhere as a group in digital underground quality or otherwise. Instead Electronic Minds was a borader concept, designed to stretch beyond social bonds of interaction. For that essential detail of the cyberpunk manifesto and its meaning, Kristiyan Kirchev has dedicated a small paperback book available online under the name, "Electronic Minds: Hypothesis, Observations and Theory on Preprogrammed Digital Sequences in Natural Evolution to Cyberspace".
With a Cyberpunk Manifesto from Christian Kirtchev, Timothy Leary's revision developes the notion that our brains are only in operation when they are slamming bytes and bits of information back and forth—multimedia communication. They want to hook up with other brains. In his semi-anarchic philosophy, Tim Leary's editor describes a future where we don't do cyberwear to pilot the electronic fields. Work and creating will take place in `Screenland' - another word for Cyberia, cyberspace. Taking off our cyberwear to confront another human brain with naked eyeballs will be a precious personal appearance.
A Comparative Analysis of the Inevitable Dawn of Artificial Intelligence as Presented in William Gibson's Idoru and Masamune Shirow's/Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell. An essay by Paul "nEo" Martin.
May 11, 2000