Nonhumans have become increasingly intelligent from the middle of the twentieth century to the present. These intelligent machines sometimes emulate the way humans mediate their world (e.g., through recognizing visual patterns, or processing text) but do so in ways very different from human brains. This course will examine how that difference affects the way intelligent nonhumans use and influence media forms we consider quintessentially human, such the novel and cinema.
We will read selections of philosophical and scientific work by Norbert Wiener, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, and Ray Kurzweil; literary works such as Philip K. Dick, *Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?,* Shirow Masamune, *Ghost in the Shell,* Richard Powers, *Galatea 2.2,* and Stanislaw Lem, *Solaris;* and films such as *2001: A Space Odyssey, and Blade Runner.*