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Artificial intelligence: George Eliot, Ernst Kapp, and the projections of character

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This article focuses on one of Eliot’s last and strangest pieces of writing: ‘Shadows of the Coming Race’ (the penultimate chapter of Impressions of Theophrastus Such). It argues that ‘Shadows’ was strikingly prescient — less in its imagining of future machine intelligence than in its prediction of how the cultural debate has developed around AI and AI’s consequences for humanity. By reading ‘Shadows’ alongside a near contemporary work, Ernst Kapp’s Elements of a Philosophy of Technology (187...

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10.16995/ntn.1993

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Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Merton College
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-9362-8141
Publisher:
Open Library of Humanities Publisher's website
Journal:
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century Journal website
Volume:
29
Publication date:
2020-03-21
Acceptance date:
2020-02-07
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EISSN:
1755-1560
ISSN:
1755-1560
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1086321
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pubs:1086321
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2020-02-09

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