Biomedia ask us to rethink our commonly held views regarding biology, technology, and language, and to do so through critiques of reductionism, instrumentality, and metaphor. We are encouraged to think of biology and technology as inseparable, and to think beyond the nature-artifice paradigm that has long been at the core of Western science and the philosophy of biology. The world presented by biomedia is one in which the age-old question of “life itself” is posed in a new way, presented through a set of artifacts, techniques, and social contexts that are unique to a particular historical moment. […] Can life be reduced to a set of mechanical, mathematical, or material principles? What is the difference between the living and the nonliving, the biological and the technological?