The Robotic Imaginary

The Robotic Imaginary Author : Jennifer Rhee
Release : 2018-10-16
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
ISBN : 145295741X
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Tracing the connections between human-like robots and AI at the site of dehumanization and exploited labor The word robot—introduced in Karel Čapek’s 1920 play R.U.R.—derives from rabota, the Czech word for servitude or forced labor. A century later, the play’s dystopian themes of dehumanization and exploited labor are being played out in factories, workplaces, and battlefields. In The Robotic Imaginary, Jennifer Rhee traces the provocative and productive connections of contemporary robots in technology, film, art, and literature. Centered around the twinned processes of anthropomorphization and dehumanization, she analyzes the coevolution of cultural and technological robots and artificial intelligence, arguing that it is through the conceptualization of the human and, more important, the dehumanized that these multiple spheres affect and transform each other. Drawing on the writings of Alan Turing, Sara Ahmed, and Arlie Russell Hochschild; such films and novels as Her and The Stepford Wives; technologies like Kismet (the pioneering “emotional robot”); and contemporary drone art, this book explores anthropomorphic paradigms in robot design and imagery in ways that often challenge the very grounds on which those paradigms operate in robotics labs and industry. From disembodied, conversational AI and its entanglement with care labor; embodied mobile robots as they intersect with domestic labor; emotional robots impacting affective labor; and armed military drones and artistic responses to drone warfare, The Robotic Imaginary ultimately reveals how the human is made knowable through the design of and discourse on humanoid robots that are, paradoxically, dehumanized.

Robotic Knitting

Robotic Knitting Author : Pat Treusch
Release : 2020-12-31
Publisher : transcript Verlag
ISBN : 3839452031
File Size : 55.53 MB
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As a reaction to typically dead-end debates on future human and robot collaboration that tend to be either dismissive or overly welcoming towards »cobot« technologies, this book provides a technofeminist intervention. Pat Treusch not only shows how both the fields of technofeminism and robotics can engage in a practical exchange through knitting, but also contributes a tangible example of coboting dynamics. Robotic Knitting re-negotiates the boundaries between formalisation and embodiment, craft and high-tech as well as useful and dysfunctional machines. It re-crafts the nature of collaboration between human and robot. This finally entails an alternative mode of relating - a mode that enables an account of careful coboting.

Imaginary Futures

Imaginary Futures Author : Richard Barbrook
Release : 2007-04-20
Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
File Size : 51.47 MB
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This book is a history of the future. It shows how our contemporary understanding of the Net is shaped by visions of the future that were put together in the 1950s and 1960s.

Robotics Abstracts

Robotics Abstracts Author :
Release : 1991
Publisher :
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Advanced Robotics

Advanced Robotics Author :
Release : 1995
Publisher :
File Size : 82.75 MB
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LiveWire Author :
Release : 1984-08
Publisher :
File Size : 26.58 MB
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Documentation Abstracts

Documentation Abstracts Author :
Release : 1989
Publisher :
File Size : 85.59 MB
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Robotics and Manufacturing

Robotics and Manufacturing Author :
Release : 1988
Publisher :
File Size : 57.46 MB
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Imaginary Animals

Imaginary Animals Author : Boria Sax
Release : 2013-10-15
Publisher : Reaktion Books
ISBN : 1780232136
File Size : 65.1 MB
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Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs—these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote islands, ocean depths, and alternate universes—just out of our reach. And in the sections on the apocalypse in the Bible, they proliferate as the end of time approaches, with horses with heads like lions, dragons, and serpents signaling the destruction of the world. Legends tell us that imaginary animals belong to a primordial time, before everything in the world had names, categories, and conceptual frameworks. In this book, Boria Sax digs into the stories of these fabulous beasts. He shows how, despite their liminal role, imaginary animals like griffins, dog-men, yetis, and more are socially constructed creatures, created through the same complex play of sensuality and imagination as real ones. Tracing the history of imaginary animals from Paleolithic art to their roles in stories such as Harry Potter and even the advent of robotic pets, he reveals that these extraordinary figures help us psychologically—as monsters, they give form to our amorphous fears, while as creatures of wonder, they embody our hopes. Their greatest service, Sax concludes, is to continually challenge our imaginations, directing us beyond the limitations of conventional beliefs and expectations. Featuring over 230 illustrations of a veritable menagerie of fantastical and unreal beasts, Imaginary Animals is a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

Beacham's Popular Fiction in America

Beacham's Popular Fiction in America Author : Walton Beacham
Release : 1986
Publisher : Beacham Pub
File Size : 32.40 MB
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Updates V.1 & V.2 ; Fiction-20th Century Literature.


Robotics Author : Alan Gomersall
Release : 1984
Publisher : Springer Verlag
File Size : 69.1 MB
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