Wer sind die Roboter? Eine popkulturell abgeleitete Sicht auf das Mensch-Maschine-Verhältnis

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Unser Nachdenken über die Existenz im Zwischenraum zwischen Mensch und Maschine (oder in ganz anderen Figurationen) hat im Grunde erst begonnen. Aus Kraftwerks einflussreicher Langspielplatte "Die Mensch-Maschine" (1978) leitet dieser Beitrag einleitend die folgenden werkimmanenten Themen ab, die im Buch "Mensch - Maschine" (Grimm/Zöllner, Hrsg., 2018) behandelt werden: – das Verhältnis zwischen Mensch und Maschine/Roboter, – Arten der Maschinisierung, Automatisierung und Entmaterialisierung, – Herausbildung neuer Formen von Individualität und Humanität, – Transformationen der Gesellschaft, – Herrschaftsverhältnisse im digitalen Zeitalter, – Arbeit(en) im digitalen Zeitalter, – kreative Ausdrucksformen einer Maschinen-/Roboterästhetik, – Ethik und Reflexion dieser Prozesse. * Who Are the Robots? A Pop-cultural View of the Man-Machine Relationship * Downloadable at

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... Who is whose servant? (see Zöllner 2018). The speech-synthesized vocals and the machine-like pulsating rhythmic structures of the music provide only few clues. ...
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** URL: ** This article analyzes how pop music has dealt with visions and impacts of digitization and cybernation, looking at selected key works from the late 1960s throughout the 1990s. Taking its perspective from the sociology of knowledge, it identifies pop music’s trajectory of imaginations in the context of technological change processes. The article concludes that the artistic treatment of these processes remains largely vague and ambiguous, its habitus for the most part dystopian. In fact, rarely did pop music cover digitization and cybernation at all in the period under scrutiny. This relative lack of coverage due to oversight or denial may be attributed to a stance based on nihilistic avoidance unconsciously incorporated in the historical situation.
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