Artificial Intimacy

Artificial Intimacy

It doesn't take artificial intelligence to push our psychological buttons. ... It is with these algorithmic social processes that artificial intimacy begins, when machines and artificial intelligence learn to emulate them.

Author: Rob Brooks

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing

ISBN: 9781742245249

Category: Science

Page: 304

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People have long told machines what to do by pushing buttons. Now, with advances in technology, machines are pushing our buttons. In Artificial Intimacy, evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks takes us from the origins of human behaviour to the latest in artificially intelligent technologies, providing a fresh and original view of the very near future of human relationships. Sex dollbots, digital lovers, virtual friends and algorithmic matchmakers help us manage our feelings in a world of cognitive overload. Apps can sense when a user is falling in love, when they are fighting, and when they are likely to break up. These machines, the ‘artificial intimacies’, already learn and exploit human social needs. They are getting better and faster at what they do. How will humanity’s future unfold when our ancient, evolved minds and old-fashioned cultures collide with twenty-first-century technology?
Categories: Science

Artificial Intimacy

Artificial Intimacy

Artificial Intimacy offers an innovative perspective on the possibilities of the present and near future.

Author: Rob Brooks

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231553858

Category: Psychology

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What happens when the human brain, which evolved over eons, collides with twenty-first-century technology? Machines can now push psychological buttons, stimulating and sometimes exploiting the ways people make friends, gossip with neighbors, and grow intimate with lovers. Sex robots present the humanoid face of this technological revolution—yet although it is easy to gawk at their uncanniness, more familiar technologies based in artificial intelligence and virtual reality are insinuating themselves into human interactions. Digital lovers, virtual friends, and algorithmic matchmakers help us manage our feelings in a world of cognitive overload. Will these machines, fueled by masses of user data and powered by algorithms that learn all the time, transform the quality of human life? Artificial Intimacy offers an innovative perspective on the possibilities of the present and near future. The evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks explores the latest research on intimacy and desire to consider the interaction of new technologies and fundamental human behaviors. He details how existing artificial intelligences can already learn and exploit human social needs—and are getting better at what they do. Brooks combines an understanding of core human traits from evolutionary biology with analysis of how cultural, economic, and technological contexts shape the ways people express them. Beyond the technology, he asks what the implications of artificial intimacy will be for how we understand ourselves.
Categories: Psychology

Algorithmic Intimacy

Algorithmic Intimacy

The book involves various subplots along the path of McEwan's subtle mapping of the troubling terrain of intimacy with lifelike artificial humans. One concerns Miranda's lifelong desire for vengeance for a brutally wronged friend.

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509549825

Category: Social Science

Page: 150

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Artificial intelligence not only powers our cars, hospitals and courtrooms: predictive algorithms are becoming deeply lodged inside us too. Machine intelligence is learning our private preferences and discreetly shaping our personal behaviour, telling us how to live, who to befriend and who to date. In Algorithmic Intimacy, Anthony Elliott examines the power of predictive algorithms in reshaping personal relationships today. From Facebook friends and therapy chatbots to dating apps and quantified sex lives, Elliott explores how machine intelligence is working within us, amplifying our desires and steering our personal preferences. He argues that intimate relationships today are threatened not by the digital revolution as such, but by the orientation of various life strategies unthinkingly aligned with automated machine intelligence. Our reliance on algorithmic recommendations, he suggests, reflects a growing emergency in personal agency and human bonds. We need alternatives, innovation and experimentation for the interpersonal, intimate effort of ongoing translation back and forth between the discourses of human and machine intelligence. Accessible and compelling, this book sheds fresh light on the impact of artificial intelligence on the most intimate aspects of our lives. It will appeal to students in the social sciences and humanities and to a wide range of general readers.
Categories: Social Science

The Transhumanism Handbook

The Transhumanism Handbook

Forbes writer Todd Essig lamented the shift from physical to artificial intimacy: “Artificial intimacy has long been a science fiction fantasy and now programs appear that say they deliver it in bits and pieces: a therapy-bot, ...

Author: Newton Lee

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030169206

Category: Computers

Page: 863

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Modern humanity with some 5,000 years of recorded history has been experiencing growing pains, with no end in sight. It is high time for humanity to grow up and to transcend itself by embracing transhumanism. Transhumanism offers the most inclusive ideology for all ethnicities and races, the religious and the atheists, conservatives and liberals, the young and the old regardless of socioeconomic status, gender identity, or any other individual qualities. This book expounds on contemporary views and practical advice from more than 70 transhumanists. Astronaut Neil Armstrong said on the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Transhumanism is the next logical step in the evolution of humankind, and it is the existential solution to the long-term survival of the human race.
Categories: Computers

Missing Each Other

Missing Each Other

... 2019), www.forbes.com/sites/toddessig/2019/12/27/the-war-for-the-future-of-psychotherapy/#7947d3dc759b; T. Essig, S. Turkle, and G. I. Russell, “Sleepwalking Towards Artificial Intimacy: How Psychotherapy Is Failing the Future,” ...

Author: Edward Brodkin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472146038

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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In our fast-paced, tech-obsessed lives, rarely do we pay genuine, close attention to one another. With all that's going on in the world, and the never-ending demands of our daily lives, most of us are too stressed and preoccupied with our own thoughts and worries to be able to really listen to each other for long. Often, we seem to somehow "miss" each other, misunderstand each other, or talk past each other. Our ability to tune in to ourselves and to others seems to be withering. Many of us are left wishing for someone who could really listen, understand, and genuinely connect with us. In Missing Each Other, researchers and clinicians Edward Brodkin and Ashley Pallathra argue that we must find the ability to be in tune with each other again, and they show us how. Based on years of research that they conducted together in a National Institutes of Mental Health-funded clinical study, the authors take a wide-ranging and surprising journey through fields as diverse as social neuroscience and autism research, music performance, pro basketball, and tai chi. They use these stories to introduce the four principal components of attunement: Relaxed Awareness, Listening, Understanding, and Mutual Responsiveness. They outline the science, research, and biology underlying these pillars of human connection, but also providing readers with exercises through which they can improve their own skills and abilities in each.
Categories: Psychology

The Artist in the Machine

The Artist in the Machine

“ There Will Never Be an Age of Artificial Intimacy . " New York Times , August 11. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/11/opinion/there-will-never -be - an - age - of - artificial - intimacy.html . Ulanoff , Lance . 2014.

Author: Arthur I. Miller

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262539623

Category: Computers

Page: 429

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An authority on creativity introduces us to AI-powered computers that are creating art, literature, and music that may well surpass the creations of humans. Today's computers are composing music that sounds “more Bach than Bach,” turning photographs into paintings in the style of Van Gogh's Starry Night, and even writing screenplays. But are computers truly creative—or are they merely tools to be used by musicians, artists, and writers? In this book, Arthur I. Miller takes us on a tour of creativity in the age of machines. Miller, an authority on creativity, identifies the key factors essential to the creative process, from “the need for introspection” to “the ability to discover the key problem.” He talks to people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, encountering computers that mimic the brain and machines that have defeated champions in chess, Jeopardy!, and Go. In the central part of the book, Miller explores the riches of computer-created art, introducing us to artists and computer scientists who have, among much else, unleashed an artificial neural network to create a nightmarish, multi-eyed dog-cat; taught AI to imagine; developed a robot that paints; created algorithms for poetry; and produced the world's first computer-composed musical, Beyond the Fence, staged by Android Lloyd Webber and friends. But, Miller writes, in order to be truly creative, machines will need to step into the world. He probes the nature of consciousness and speaks to researchers trying to develop emotions and consciousness in computers. Miller argues that computers can already be as creative as humans—and someday will surpass us. But this is not a dystopian account; Miller celebrates the creative possibilities of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature.
Categories: Computers

What Social Robots Can and Should Do

What Social Robots Can and Should Do

Whitby [5] explores ethical dimensions of intimacy between a human and a robot lover. ... humans may develop towards artificial agents, and furthermore, to reflect upon the impact of artificial partners on quality of human intimacy.

Author: J. Seibt

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9781614997085

Category: Computers

Page: 424

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Social robotics drives a technological revolution of possibly unprecedented disruptive potential, both at the socio-economic and the socio-cultural level. The rapid development of the robotics market calls for a concerted effort across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines to understand the transformative potential of human-robot interaction. This effort cannot succeed without the special expertise in the study of socio-cultural interactions, norms, and values that humanities research provides. This book contains the proceedings of the conference “What Social Robots Can and Should Do,” Robophilosophy 2016 / TRANSOR 2016, held in Aarhus, Denmark, in October 2016. The conference is the second event in the biennial Robophilosophy conference series, this time combined with an event of the Research Network for Transdisciplinary Studies in Social Robotics (TRANSOR). Featuring 13 plenaries and 74 session and workshop talks, the event turned out to be the world’s largest conference in Humanities research in and on social robotics. The book is divided into 3 sections: Part I and Part III contain the abstracts of plenary lectures and contributions to 6 workshops: Artificial Empathy; Co-Designing Children Robot Interaction; Human-Robot Joint Action; Phronesis for Machine Ethics?; Robots in the Wild; and Responsible Robotics. Part II contains short papers for presentations in 7 thematically organized sessions: methodological issues; ethical tasks and implications; emotions in human robot interactions; education, art and innovation; artificial meaning and rationality; social norms and robot sociality; and perceptions of social robots. The book will be of interest to researchers in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, robotics, computer science, and art. Since all contributions are prepared for an interdisciplinary readership, they are highly accessible and will be of interest to policy makers and educators who wish to gauge the challenges and potentials of putting robots in society.
Categories: Computers

Crossover Stardom

Crossover Stardom

... effect of artificial intimacy as if the singer and song are transported into the presence of the listener” (1995: 60), both inhabiting the same space. The romantic crooner “threat” was the foundation of many of Crosby's early shorts ...

Author: Julie Lobalzo Wright

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628925791

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Crossover Stardom: Popular Male Stars in American Cinema focuses on male music stars who have attempted to achieve film stardom. Crossover stardom can describe stars who cross from one medium to another. Although 'crossover' has become a popular term to describe many modern stars who appear in various mediums, crossover stardom has a long history, going back to the beginning of the cinema. Lobalzo Wright begins with Bing Crosby, a significant Hollywood star in the studio era; moving to Elvis Presley in the 1950s and 1960s, as the studio system collapsed; to Kris Kristofferson in the New Hollywood period of the 1970s; and ending with Will Smith and Justin Timberlake, in the contemporary era, when corporate conglomerates dominate Hollywood. Thus, the study not only explores music stardom (and music genres) in various eras, and masculinity within these periods, it also surveys the history of American cinema from industrial and cultural perspectives, from the 1930s to today.
Categories: Performing Arts

Intimate Deception

Intimate Deception

ARTIFICIAL INTIMACY The need for emotional closeness and intimacy is inherent in human nature . Everyone wants to be loved for who they are , not just for what they can do or give to someone else . The sexual bond is intended to be an ...

Author: P. Roger Hillerstrom

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 0880702303

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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Categories: Social Science

Researching Race and Racism

Researching Race and Racism

The hope is that what would be gained through multiple interactions and repeated interviews , or from doing inten- sive fieldwork , is in the interview situation compensated for , and replaced by , an artificial intimacy created by the ...

Author: Foundation Fund Professor of Sociology Martin Bulmer

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415300894

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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This new work brings together contributions from some of the leading researchers in the field, using the benefit of their experience to explore the practical and ethical issues involved in researching in this often controversial field.
Categories: Social Science