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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter is from the forthcoming The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing edited by Rafael Calvo, Sidney K. D'Mello, Jonathan Gratch, and Arvid Kappas. This chapter traces literary and cinematic representations of intelligent machines in order to provide background for the fantasies and implicit assumptions that accompany these figures in contemporary popular culture. Using examples from media depictions of robots, androids, cyborgs, and computers, this analysis offers a historical and theoretical overview of the cultural archive of fictional robots and intelligent machines—an archive that implicitly affects contemporary responses to technological projects.

Keywords: robots, androids, cyborgs, computers, artificial people, intelligent machines, popular culture, literary and cinematic representations, media depictions, fictional robots

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