Desire in the Age of Robots and AI

An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact

Authors: Gibson, Rebecca

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  • Ties together bioanthropological literature with current events and science fiction to paint a full picture of human-robot desires
  • Explores the iterations of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep in literature and film in the light of technological innovations
  • Examines the iterative relationship between fiction and science and challenges the ethics, inclusivity, and diversity of both
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This book examines how science fiction’s portrayal of humanity’s desire for robotic companions influences and reflects changes in our actual desires. It begins by taking the reader on a journey that outlines basic human desires—in short, we are storytellers, and we need the objects of our desire to be able to mirror that aspect of our beings. This not only explains the reasons we seek out differences in our mates, but also why we crave sex and romance with robots. In creating a new species of potential companions, science fiction highlights what we already want and how our desires dictate—and are in return recreated— by what is written. But sex with robots is more than a sci-fi pop-culture phenomenon; it’s a driving force in the latest technological advances in cybernetic science. As such, this book looks at both what we imagine and what we can create in terms of the newest iterations of robotic companionship.

About the authors

Rebecca Gibson, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, USA. She specializes in bioanthropology, and serves as a juror for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Working Class Writers grant. Her work has been published in NEXUS, and in Sexuality & Culture.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desire in the Age of Robots and AI
Book Subtitle
An Investigation in Science Fiction and Fact
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24017-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24017-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24016-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 141
Number of Illustrations
5 illustrations in colour
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