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A broad umbrella overview of how robots and trans-humanism inspired the idea behind some forms of art. An oral presentation for my Humanities class.

Ivan Lieu

on 6 August 2014

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Transcript of Robots/Trans-humanism

General Statements
1.) Literature: introducing the genre along with some of it's most popular concepts.
Complete Reformation
As technology advanced toward the invention of the first computers, electronic music would inevitably become its own phenomenon, since the computer would serve to make life easier as a whole. It was only a matter of time before this material would be included in Robot-themed cinema due to contracts and various other factors.

This would spawn two popular archetypes of the electric music genre.
Drum & Bass
This can be described as the sound that expresses the uncontested "clean machine" feeling in electric music.
Issac Asimov: Three Laws of Robotics
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Dub step
This can be described as more or less the expression of a heavier "broken machine" feel in electric music.
Thank you for paying attention.
Here are my sources:
Presentation by Ivan Lieu
2.) Cinema: how the book's concepts appeared on the big screen and the media.
3.) Music & Dance: how a background noise became an entire movement.
4.) Conclusion & Sources
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Law Number Zero:
A robot may not harm humanity, or , by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
Fun fact:
The idea of trans-humanism is the inspiration for robots. This is shown with the fact that Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein" (1818) has preceded some of the first pieces about robots (Late 1930's).
Trans-humanism -
a scientific philosophy that says technology will solve all our human biological constraints. It's about using technology to enhance ourselves--enhancements like longer life-spans, better cognitive abilities, and improved happiness

Also provided that the robot slave is a fair possibility, this is one of the scariest, most fascinating things that humanity will eventually have to deal with.

A conversation about either of these topics could get uncomfortable a lot easier than you think. Personally, I think this is why Art is a very appropriate venue for this idea. It's a safe and healthy expression of our fears as well as our outlook of the future.
Asimov, Issac. I, Robot. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 1950. 256. Print.
The Three Laws/Literature

Dominik, Z.. N.p.. Web. 1 Dec 2013. <http://capek.misto.cz/english/robot.html>.
Where Robot came from/Literature

Gelles, David. "Immortality 2.0: A Silicon Valley Insider Looks at California's Transhumanist
Movement." The Futurist. World Future Society. 2009. HighBeam Research. 30 Nov. 2013 <http://www.highbeam.com>.
Definition of Trans-humanism/General Statement

Rowena , Morrill. Issac Asimov. 2002. Painting. Rowen ArtWeb. 1 Dec 2013.
Image of Issac Asimov/Literature

Rugnetta, Mike, prod. Is Futurama the Best Argument Against Transhumanism?. Youtube,
2013. Web. 1 Dec 2013.
Extra Video/Conclusion
The earliest inspirations for Robot literature can be tracked as early as 1856 when "The Steam Man of the Prairies" was published. However, this Steam Man did not have any autonomy or resemblance of a consciousness at all. (more like a car)

It is said that the first use of the word "Robot" itself was in a play called "Rossum's Universal Robots", written by Karel Čapek. The original title was going to use the word laboři (from the latin
but it was instead changed into
(Czech word for

The first literary pieces that directly inspired our vision of the modern robot were created towards the end of the Industrial revolution in the late 1930s.
Classical form:
Emphasis on
The Robot
Romantic form:
Emphasis on
AKA Popping
Modern form:
both techniques
to their maximum effectiveness
Bionic Augmentation
Half and Half
An extra video if there is time available:
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