What Defines Reality?: Robot/Android Self-Knowledge and Authenticity

  • Rebecca Gibson


In this chapter, Gibson shows how the physical nature of the androids in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Dick, Do androids dream of electric sheep. Del Ray, New York, NY, 1968/2017) is such that they are excellent examples for this conceit—human skin over an organic-mechanic built frame, they are the ultimate cyborgs, with programmed mental/emotional natures, and created bodies, who can, or are trying to, pass as human. Humans are born, made of flesh and blood, and have created the androids to do work they do not wish to do. How human do robots have to be in order for us to find them desirable? Some answers come from recent developments in android design and the reactions to them.


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Androids Dualism Emotion Sex Gender 


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  • Rebecca Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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