[SISEA 1990] Paper: Simon Penny – The Intelligent Machine as Anti-Christ: A Brief History of Antropomorphism in Art & Science


This paper outlines a general drive in our species to anthropomorphism, and makes particular reference to the anthropomorphic machine. It traces a line forward from the Venus of Willendorf through Greek sculpture to Artificial Intelligence and robotics. The psychology of anthropomorphism is considered. The idea of the robot as personification of fear/fascination with the technological complex is considered in this context. The relationship of cultural production to technological change is examined.

  • Simon Penny (Australia), Electronic Intermedia, University of Florida, USA

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