Oliver Grau on Sat, 1 Apr 2000 16:24:55 +0200 (CEST)

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[rohrpost] The Robot in the Garden

>                 Forthcoming from MIT Press, March, 2000:
>                          The Robot in the Garden:
>        Telerobotics and Telepistemology in the Age of the Internet
>                  http://mitpress.mit.edu/telepistemology
>	Can be ordered now online search amazon.com or bn.com under:
>	"robot garden internet"  (list $35.00, $24.50 from bn.com)
>"As the electronic revolution gains momentum, the boundary between
>humanity's manufactured and its flesh-and-blood bodily experience is
>rapidly shifting.  This fascinating book is a help in gauging the
>character of the shift.  All of the contributors recognize its extent
>and its import, but most of them -- and this is the best thing about
>the book -- reject the popular delusion that the boundary is about to
>be erased."
>--Leo Marx, American Cultural History / Program in Science, Technology
>and Society, MIT, and author of 1967 classic: The Machine in the Garden
>"Goldberg's compilation documents the inventiveness of artists, scientists,
>and critics to set up a work surface for telecommunication body-extension
>possibilities.  The environmental possibilities of telepresence are
>uncovered and discussed brilliantly.  Goldberg looks for the bridges between
>our space and the next."
>--Julia Scher, Department of Architecture, MIT
>"As this engaging and inspiring collection reveals, the uncharted
>territory where the real and the simulated intersect is one of today's
>more fertile grounds for scientific, artistic, and philosophical
>experimentation. Fortunately, we have brilliant pioneers like
>Dr. Goldberg and his colleagues to question the very nature of
>knowledge in our increasingly networked reality."
>--David Pescovitz, Contributing Editor, Wired
>"Telepresence technology has already enabled space and undersea robotics,
>endoscopic surgery, micromanipulation and other impressive forms of remote
>control by humans.  Not yet manifest are the more profound impacts on our
>arts and culture, and indeed on the way we think about reality. This volume
>offers a plethora of insights and reflections by philosophers, art
>historians and critics, and even a few technologists."
>--Thomas Sheridan, Engineering and Applied Psychology, MIT
>"The epistemology of robotics on the World Wide Web is the subject of Ken
>Goldberg's fine collection of essays. The reader will be pleased to
>discover that the essays actually discuss the theme, that the authors
>are distinguished scholars who make important contributions to the
>question, and that the theme is fundamental to our thinking about new
>media.  Highly recommended."
>--Mark Poster, Film Studies, UC Irvine
>"Taking a cue from the epistemological investigations of Conceptual artists
>in the 1960s, Ken Goldberg's networked art projects raise the prickly
>question of how we know what we know. At a time when the world seems to be
>brimming with information, Goldberg and the authors he has assembled in
>this volume point out the messy philosophical and social problems that
>linger once the technological problems of global communication have been
>solved. As _The Robot in the Garden_ reminds us, there can be no gold
>standard for an information economy."
>--Jon Ippolito, artist and Assistant Curator of Media Arts, Guggenheim Museum

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