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Tok Thompson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825087

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825087.001.0001

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When Your BFF Is an AI

When Your BFF Is an AI

Artificial Intelligence as Folk

(p.145) 9 When Your BFF Is an AI
Posthuman Folklore

Tok Thompson

University Press of Mississippi

Artificial intelligence programs have increasingly entered public discourse in many diverse and overlapping ways. The various artificial intelligences are connected to our biologically based ones largely (though not solely) via the cyber network, which itself increasingly draws our species into its communicative framework. In this new, mediated, cyborg realm of culture there are no non-human animals, or plants, or any other natural forms of intelligence, but that does not mean we are all alone. Rather, there are new voices in our shared agora, now, and their voices do not necessarily attend to our own. This chapter explores the cultural overlaps of human and artificial intelligences online.

Keywords:   Artificial Intelligence, Bots, Cyborg

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