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Introduction: Androids, Enlightenment, and the Human-Machine Boundary

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to discuss two android automata that were made in the Enlightenment, both of which represent women playing a keyboard-type instrument. ... More


The Harpsichord-Playing Android; or, Clock-Making in Switzerland

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter takes a journey to La Chaux-de-Fonds, a rural valley in western Switzerland that was densely populated with clock-makers, local dignitaries, natural philosophers, and aristocratic ... More


Poetic Engagement with Piano-Playing Women Automata

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines literary texts that use the two piano-playing women as motifs to develop broader intellectual and poetic agendas about the boundaries between humans and machines. In the years ... More


The “Enlightenment Automaton” in the Modern Industrial Age

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter surveys how the two women automata and the larger set of Enlightenment automata and ideas about them “traveled” from their eighteenth-century origins, through the various phases of ... More


Motions and Passions: Music-Playing Women Automata and the Culture of Affect in Late Eighteenth-Century Germany

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter, which deals with the relations between physical and emotional dynamics, also explores the cultural and social resonances of female musician-automata. It specifically examines the ... More


Conclusion

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. The case of the two women automata considered in this study integrates the history of ... More


The Design of the Mechanics; or, Sentiments Replicated in Clockwork

Adelheid Voskuhl

in Androids in the Enlightenment: Mechanics, Artisans, and Cultures of the Self

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226034027
eISBN:
9780226034331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226034331.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the mechanics of two automata in two ways. First, it analyzes their clockworks to uncover correspondences between individual mechanical modules and the effects they bring about ... More


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