Friday, January 31, 2014

Chris Bomba, 'Sex Effects: Androids and Lacanian Ethics'

As intelligent machines gain the ability to perceive the environment, seek energy on their own, harm or help humans, and decide on a course of action, the field of ethics will call us and the machines to moral political action. We may begin to address this issue by asking whether or not intelligent machines are sexed. I will claim they are. Joan Copjec insists that, ontologically, there are only two sexes, and psychoanalysis is the only discipline that treats the question rigorously without reducing it to biology. Certainly we cannot reduce a machine to biology. Through a reading of the anime short series Time of Eve, I will interpret Asimov's three laws of robotics alongside Lacan's seminar VII, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis in order to bind together sex, androids, and ethics, thus altering common conceptions of each.
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