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The Allure of Machinic LifeCybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI$
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John Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262101264

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.001.0001

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The In-Mixing of Machines: Cybernetics and Psychoanalysis

The In-Mixing of Machines: Cybernetics and Psychoanalysis

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The Allure of Machinic Life

John Johnston

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This chapter examines the “cybernetic subject” through the lens of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan and his participation (along with others, such as Noam Chomsky) in a new discourse network inaugurated by the confluence of cybernetics, information theory, and automata theory. It concludes with a double view of the chess match between Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue, which suggests both the power and limits of classic artificial intelligence.

Keywords:   cybernetic subject, Jacques Lacan, information theory, automata theory, chess match, Gary Kasparov, Deep Blue, artificial intelligence

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