Minsoo Kang


On his book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination

Cover Interview of April 12, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The life-imitating machine as both a thing and an idea.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“I tackle the question of whether human beings can be described as machines.  If so, what kind of a machine are we?  If not, what makes us fundamentally different from a machine?”

On the second:

“The delight, amusement, and amazement that people experience in the face of the self-moving, life-imitating machine are mixed with a sense of unease that can be magnified into full-blown horror under certain circumstances.”