The Artificial Human: A Tragical History by Horst Albert GlaserThe Artificial Human: A Tragical History by Horst Albert Glaser

The Artificial Human: A Tragical History

byHorst Albert Glaser, Sabine Rossbach

Hardcover | October 10, 2011

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Artificial humans were always there, moving and sleeping amongst us. Their first traces are in the ancient myths of Prometheus and Pygmalion. In the eighteenth century they took the form of mechanical dolls, forerunners of the hi-tech Japanese robots of our own day produced in the engineering labs of Waseda and Osaka Universities. The authors follow the track of these humanoid constructs through various countries and across more than two thousand years of history, reflecting on the ideas that spawned them (Descartes, Leibniz, LaMettrie) and the social, technological and medical developments that accompanied and to a great extent explain them.
Horst Albert Glaser is professor emeritus of Aesthetics and Comparative Literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). He has published Medea: Women of Honor, Child Murder, Emancipation in 2001. Sabine Rossbach teaches cultural history at the University of Adelaide (Australia) and the University of the Saarland (Germany). In...
Title:The Artificial Human: A Tragical HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:October 10, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631578083

ISBN - 13:9783631578087


Table of Contents

Contents: Mythological origins – History of androids, cyborgs and replicants – Descartes, Leibniz, LaMettrie and the man-machine discussion – Dissecting corpses, prosthetics and xeno-transplantation – Clones, military robots, and artificial women – Artificial intelligence research and its critics – The social background and development of the machine age – Film history (Frankenstein, Metropolis, Blade Runner etc.).