Robots & robotics.
“You see the Robots have no interest in life. They have no enjoyments.”
Karel Capek, “RUR: Rossum’s Universal Robots,”
Shown here, the Mars rover is a robot.
The term robotnik is Czech; meaning a serf; robota, is the root word for statute labor, those people compelled by law to work for others.
Automated machinery: origin & meaning in the recent & distant past.
Each set of technical complexes may be viewed as revealing three aspects:
What are optimal conditions?
Take the development of mainframe analog and later digital computers.
Babbage - Aiken - Von Neumann
"creator" (inventor) God.
The means of subsistence will never grow at a pace to outstrip population growth; instead the population grow geometrically as the agricultural base grows arithmetically so that over the long term arable land and sustained yield farming places a limitation on the size of human populations.
How is the meaning of the myth of Narcissus when added to the myth of Daedalus & Icarus astonishingly accurate, as a portrayal of the contemporary attitudes about technology, tool use and technical advance?
Mistaking the self image for the real image
Can people accurately distinguish, for example, the sound of one’s own voice & a recording of that voice?
What if we mistake the image -- a "photo-shopped" photograph, for an actual "untouched" photo?
Are robots capable of being mistaken -- for the reality of being human -- and if so, is humanity at all defined by the other--the robot, with artificial intelligence?
The Turing test was designed by Alan Turing --a mathematician and scientist who helped break the German code during World War Two-- for the purpose of being able to tell a machine response from a human one.
Take for example this concept:
The Machine in the Garden, Leo Marx, p. 150.
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