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The Reality of the Artificial : Nature, Technology and Naturoids

Author: Massimo Negrotti
Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.
Series: Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, 4
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-- The human ambition to reproduce and improve natural objects and processes has a long history, and ranges from dreams to actual design, from Icarus's wings to modern robotics and bioengineering. This imperative seems to be linked not only to practical utility but also to our deepest psychology. Nevertheless, reproducing something natural is not an easy enterprise, and the actual replication of a natural object or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Massimo Negrotti
ISBN: 9783642296796 3642296793 9783642296789 3642296785
OCLC Number: 802217868
Notes: Computer Science (Springer-11645).
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Contents: Part I.- Chap. 1 Daedalus and Icarus.- Chap. 2 Artificiality and Naturoids.- Chap. 3 Duplicating Reality.- Part II.- Chap. 4 The First Step: Observation.- Chap. 5 Observation and Representations.- Chap. 6 The Exemplar and Its Definition.- Chap. 7 Essentiality of Things.- Part III.- Chap. 8 The Mind Reduces Complexity, Reality Does Not Make Discounts.- Chap. 9 The Problem of Synthesis.- Chap. 10 Transfiguration.- Part IV.- Chap. 11 Classification of the Artificial.- Chap. 12 Automatisms and Naturoids.- Chap. 13 Naturoids in Real Contexts: Bionic Man and Robots.- Chap. 14 The Challenge of Complexity.- Chap. 15 Illusion and Compatibility.- Part V.- Chap. 16 Naturoids: Interface and Camouflage.- Chap. 17 Structure or Process?.- Chap. 18 Artificial Limbs: History and Current Trends.- Chap. 19 The Artificial Brain.- Chap. 20 Prostheses, Replacements and Surrogates.- Chap. 21 Artificial Environments and Landscapes.- Chap. 22 Virtual Reality.- Chap. 23 Conclusions.- Appendix A Naturoids and Music.- Sect. A.1 Reproduction and Transfiguration.- Sect. A.2 The Rarefaction of Meaning.- Sect. A.3 Statements by Writers or Scholars in the Humanities.- Sect. A.4 Statements by Composers.- Appendix B Naturoids and Conventional Technology Devices.- References.
Series Title: Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics, 4
Responsibility: by Massimo Negrotti.

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