Timothy Hornyak: Astro boy vs Frankenstein

Posted 9 Oct 2006 at 17:28 UTC by steve Share This

CNet has posted an interview with Timothy Hornyak, author of the book titled, Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robotics, that expounds on the familiar differences between the western view of robots and the Japanese view. The interviewer offers Astro Boy as a characterization of Japan's acceptance of robots as friendly companions. He offers as an example of the west's fear of robots as either dangerous machines or lifeless automatons, the story of Frankenstein and his monster. Hornyak brings up R.U.R. as well, saying, "robots are perfected as the ideal worker, but whoops, they go wonky and they kill every single human being on the planet". As is usually the case in these comparisons, they leave out any mention of the west's rich science fiction tradition of accepting robots as friends and companions of man as far back as the early days of the pulp magazines.

Les machines apprivoisées, posted 11 Oct 2006 at 09:50 UTC by outsider » (Journeyer)

Too late for that book, since there exists already for more than a year a french book taking deeply this issue. The book is entitle 'Les machines apprivoisées'. More information can be found at the web of the Sony's researcher Frederic Kaplan, the author of the book. His web page also contains mp3 files of a conference the author made around the book, discussing the different points of the book.

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