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The Robot in the Garden : Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet - Ken Goldberg

The Robot in the Garden

Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet

By: Ken Goldberg (Editor)

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"The Robot in the Garden" initiates a critical theory of telerobotics and introduces telepistemology, the study of knowledge acquired at a distance. Many of our most influential technologies, the telescope, telephone, and television, were developed to provide knowledge at a distance. Telerobots, remotely controlled robots, facilitate action at a distance. Specialists use telerobots to explore actively environments such as Mars, the "Titanic," and Chernobyl. Military personnel increasingly employ reconnaissance drones and telerobotic missiles. At home, we have remote controls for the garage door, car alarm, and television (the latter a remote for the remote). The Internet dramatically extends our scope and reach. Thousands of cameras and robots are now accessible online. Although the role of technical mediation has been of interest to philosophers since the seventeenth century, the Internet forces a reconsideration. As the public gains access to telerobotic instruments previously restricted to scientists and soldiers, questions of mediation, knowledge, and trust take on new significance for everyday life. Telerobotics is a mode of representation. But representations can misrepresent. If Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" was the defining moment for radio, what will be the defining moment for the Internet? As artists have always been concerned with how representations provide us with knowledge, the book also looks at telerobotics' potential as an artistic medium. The seventeen essays, by leading figures in philosophy, art, history, and engineering, are organized into three sections: Philosophy; Art, History, and Critical Theory; and Engineering, Interface, and System Design.

" The Robot in the Garden brings together some of the most profound thinkers currently writing about such issues as telepresence, internet art, and the status of the real in a virtual age. Moreover, they frequently disagree with one another, an indication of the intellectual vitality of this work. Ken Goldberg"s discussion of his pioneering work with robotic art sets the high standard that other distinguished contributors carry on, from Martin Jay to Eduardo Kac, Lev Manovich to Albert Borgmann. Don"t miss out on this important collection." N. Katherine Hayles , Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles " The Robot in the Garden brings together some of the most profound thinkerscurrently writing about such issues as telepresence, internet art, and the statusof the real in a virtual age. Moreover, they frequently disagree with oneanother, an indication of the intellectual vitality of this work. Ken Goldberg"sdiscussion of his pioneering work with robotic art sets the high standard thatother distinguished contributors carry on, from Martin Jay to Eduardo Kac, LevManovich to Albert Borgmann. Don"t miss out on this important collection." N. Katherine Hayles , Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles " The Robot in the Garden brings together some of the most profound thinkers currently writing about such issues as telepresence, internet art, and the status of the real in a virtual age. Moreover, they frequently disagree with one another, an indication of the intellectual vitality of this work. Ken Goldberg"s discussion of his pioneering work with robotic art sets the high standard that other distinguished contributors carry on, from Martin Jay to Eduardo Kac, Lev Manovich to Albert Borgmann. Don"t miss out on this important collection." N. Katherine Hayles , Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

Series Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: The Unique Phenomenon of a Distancep. 2
Eden by Wire: Webcameras and the Telepresent Landscapep. 22
Philosophy
Telepistemology: Descartes's Last Standp. 48
Vicariousness and Authenticityp. 64
Information, Nearness, and Farnessp. 90
Acting at a Distance and Knowing from Afar: Agency and Knowledge on the Internetp. 108
Telerobotic Knowledge: A Reliabilist Approachp. 126
Art, History, and Critical Theory
The Speed of Light and the Virtualization of Realityp. 144
To Lie and to Act: Potemkin's Villages, Cinema, and Telepresencep. 164
Dialogical Telepresence and Net Ecologyp. 180
Presence, Absence, and Knowledge in Telerobotic Artp. 198
Exposure Time, the Aura, and Teleroboticsp. 214
The History of Telepresence: Automata, Illusion, and the Rejection of the Bodyp. 226
Engineering, Interface, and System Design
Feeling Is Believing: A History of Teleroboticsp. 246
Tele-Embodiment and Shattered Presence: Reconstructing the Body for Online Interactionp. 276
Being Real: Questions of Tele-Identityp. 296
Telepistemology, Mediation, and the Design of Transparent Interfacesp. 312
Postscript
The Film and the New Psychology (1945)p. 332
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780262072038
ISBN-10: 0262072033
Series: Leonardo Book Series
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 330
Published: 20th March 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.95