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Androids and intelligent networks in early modern literature and culture; artificial slaves.


Androids and intelligent networks in early modern literature and culture; artificial slaves.

LaGrandeur, Kevin.



207 pages



Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture; 22


LaGrandeur (English, NYIT) presents a study of pre-modern representations of self-operating machines and artificial life, particularly as they coalesce during the early modern period in the figure of the android. He considers the persistence of Aristotelian ideas bout automata, Ancient Greek attitudes about the ethical status of slaves, the emergence of modern empirical science and its connection to magic, and the significance of intelligent networks that exceed human form. He draws mostly on philosophers' and scientists' stories about creating artificial humanoids, but in later chapters he looks to the emergence of intelligent networks in The Tempest and Faustus in the form of magic cum science. In a final chapter he elaborates the contemporary significance of these ancient and early modern stories, looking at modern examples of automated tools of science and exploration.

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Date:Apr 1, 2013
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