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Introduction

Lydia H. Liu

in The Freudian Robot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226486826
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226486840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226486840.003.0001
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This book examines the birth of the Freudian robot in the postwar Euro-American world order by looking at how information theory and digital media reframe the problem of the unconscious in human–machine simulacra. Digital writing is central to its analysis because the manipulation of (written) symbols in the computing machine is what makes digital media tick at the most basic level. The discovery of the Freudian robot promises a firmer and more critical grasp of the precarious nature of the networked society than can reasonably be accommodated by the human–machine competition theory of what computers can or cannot do. A great deal going on—politically, socially, and psychologically—than the perceived need to overcome human physiological deficiencies with technological prosthesis.

Keywords: Freudian robot; human–machine simulacra; information theory; digital media; technology

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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