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· 253 · Acknowledgments This book is an exercise and an experiment that have taken almost ten years of time, across three periods of study and research in London, Paris, Berlin, and Lüneburg. This work is indebted to many thoughts and people I came across during these years in Europe after leaving Hong Kong in 2006. Two critical moments in 2008 shaped the direction of this research and its method: a critical illness shed new light on a reading of Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit, concerning death, technologies, and friendship, and later in the year an encounter with Professor Bernard Stiegler shaped the style of the book’s philosophizing, which became a dialogue between Heidegger and Simondon, not only as a question of digital objects but also as a question of existence. The generous support and patience of Professor Matthew Fuller and the inspiration of Professor Scott Lash since the London years were crucial to the completion of this work. I am very grateful to scholars and friends for intellectual discussions: Goetz Bachmann, Jean-Hugues Barthélémy, Andreas Broeckmann, Regula Bührer, Marcus Burkhardt, Mercedez Bunz, James Burton, Shu Yan Chan, Howard Caygill, Holger Fath, Harry Halpin, Stefan Heidenreich, Guillaume Hincky, Erich Hörl, Andreas Kirchner, Alexandre Monnin, Luciana Parisi, Nicolas Sauret, Richard Thurstans, Nicholas Walker, Katian Witchger, and Siegfried Zielinski. This project is indebted to the generous support of the New Media Research program at Goldsmiths, funded by the Leverhulme Trust; the Social Web project within the Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation, funded by ONR Global; and the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Federal State of Lower Saxony. I would also like to thank the editors from the University of Minnesota Press, Danielle Kasprzak and Anne Carter, and Electronic Mediations series editors for supporting this project. 254 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My greatest debt is to my parents, who encouraged me on an adventure that they have never experienced and had never imagined; to my dearest brother Ben, for his support and understanding and also for his advice as professor of computer science; and to Professor Mark McGurk and his colleagues for the fundamental question of care. ...


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