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- DescriptionThe human ambition to reproduce and improve natural objects and processes has a long history, and ranges from dreams to actual design, from Icarus's wings to modern robotics and bioengineering. This imperative seems to be linked t only to practical utility but also to our deepest psychology. Nevertheless, reproducing something natural is t an easy enterprise, and the actual replication of a natural object or process by means of some techlogy is impossible. In this book the author uses the term naturoid to designate any real artifact arising from our attempts to reproduce natural instances. He concentrates on activities that involve the reproduction of something existing in nature, and whose reproduction, through construction strategies which differ from natural ones, we consider to be useful, appealing or interesting. The development of naturoids may be viewed as a distinct class of techlogical activity, and the concept should be useful for methodological research into establishing the common rules, potentialities and constraints that characterize the human effort to reproduce natural objects. The author shows that a naturoid is always the result of a reduction of the complexity of natural objects, due to an unavoidable multiple selection strategy. Nevertheless, the reproduction process implies that naturoids take on their own new complexity, resulting in a transfiguration of the natural exemplars and their performances, and leading to a true invation explosion. While the core performances of contemporary naturoids improve, paradoxically the more a naturoid develops the further it moves away from its natural counterpart. Therefore, naturoids will more and more affect our relationships with advanced techlogies and with nature, but in ways quite beyond our predictive capabilities. The book will be of interest to design scholars and researchers of techlogy, cultural studies, anthropology and the sociology of science and techlogy.
- Author BiographyMassimo Negrotti has been a full professor of the Methodology of Human Sciences at the Universities of Parma and Genoa since 1980, and currently also teaches at the Universita di Urbino 'Carlo Bo', where he chairs the LCA (Lab for the Culture of the Artificial). His areas of research are methodology of human sciences, technology, cybernetics, and the culture of the artificial.
- Author(s)Massimo Negrotti
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
- Date of Publication06/06/2012
- SubjectComputing: Professional & Programming
- Series TitleStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
- Series Part/Volume Number4
- Place of PublicationBerlin
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
- Content Notebiography
- Weight418 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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