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

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

by Ken Goldberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0262571544

ISBN-13: 9780262571548

Pub. Date: 08/24/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

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.

Overview

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.

Contributors:Albert Borgmann, Tom
Campanella, John Canny, Judith Donath, Hubert Dreyfus, Ken Goldberg, Alvin Goldman,
Oliver Grau, Marina Gržinić, Blake Hannaford, Michael Idinopulos, Martin Jay,
Eduardo Kac, Machiko Kusahara, Jeff Malpas, Lev Manovich, Maurice Merleau-Ponty,
Eric Paulos, Catherine Wilson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262571548
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/24/2001
Series:
Leonardo Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Forewordviii
Acknowledgmentsix
Contributorsxi
1.Introduction: The Unique Phenomenon of a Distance2
2.Eden by Wire: Webcameras and the Telepresent Landscape22
IPhilosophy
3.Telepistemology: Descartes's Last Stand48
4.Vicariousness and Authenticity64
5.Information, Nearness, and Farness90
6.Acting at a Distance and Knowing from Afar: Agency and Knowledge on the Internet108
7.Telerobotic Knowledge: A Reliabilist Approach126
IIArt, History, and Critical Theory
8.The Speed of Light and the Virtualization of Reality144
9.To Lie and to Act: Potemkin's Villages, Cinema, and Telepresence164
10.Dialogical Telepresence and Net Ecology180
11.Presence, Absence, and Knowledge in Telerobotic Art198
12.Exposure Time, the Aura, and Telerobotics214
13.The History of Telepresence: Automata, Illusion, and the Rejection of the Body226
IIIEngineering, Interface, and System Design
14.Feeling Is Believing: A History of Telerobotics246
15.Tele-Embodiment and Shattered Presence: Reconstructing the Body for Online Interaction276
16.Being Real: Questions of Tele-Identity296
17.Telepistemology, Mediation, and the Design of Transparent Interfaces312
IVPostscript
18.The Film and the New Psychology (1945)332
Index347

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