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Android Science and Posthuman Uncanny

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2023, 68(), pp.32-57
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.68.0.02
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 14, 2022
  • Accepted : January 12, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Jae-Joon Lee 1

1숙명여자대학교 인문학 연구소

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ABSTRACT

In the situation of the pandemic, intelligent machines have come closer to our lives. However, the potential of these machines to replace humans in the actual conditions of our labor can always be realized. The imagination of a future in which replacement will be completed reminds us of the death of the “Human.” Whenever we encounter such machines, an unknown fear is evoked in us. The uncanny felt about an android is a human response to this ontological situation. Robot engineers D. Hanson, K. F. McDorman, and Ishiguro Hiroshi brought Masahiro Mori’s “Uncanny Valley”(1970) hypothesis to the present. They propose various empirical methods in aesthetic, sociocultural, and neuroscientific contexts to resolve the uncanny they felt about their own androids. Contrary to their expectations, the uncanny is not removed empirically. This point is evidenced by the fact that every time they try to create more and more human-like androids with Android Science, a new uncanny is experienced from the machine again. The uncanny is a more fundamental condition than the experienced. However, android development will not stop because intelligent machines dictate the future in the capitalist system as cutting-edge technology. Android Science thus realizes an interdependent relationship that repeatedly recurs between humans and machines. This is a painful aspect of becoming-posthuman with traces of the uncanny inscribed in itself.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.