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Accepted Contribution:

Navigating human-AI relationships: insights from Stanislav Lem's Solaris  
Cem Koray Olgun (Adıyaman University)

Short abstract:

The purpose of this study is to discuss the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence or robots through Stanislav Lem's work Solaris. In this regard, the discussion will be based on the views of Jameson and Levitas.

Long abstract:

Utopian or dystopian fictions about the future, such as machines behaving like humans or artificial intelligence being able to empathize, can help social scientists understand societies changing with digital transformation. As Shaviro emphasizes, although such fictions seem to contradict scientific methods of understanding the world, there are strong resonances between them, both of which are processes of speculative extrapolation. Therefore, establishing and testing scientific hypotheses are not completely different from creating fiction. The purpose of this study is to discuss the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence or robots through Stanislav Lem's work Solaris. In fact, the entity in Lem's novel is neither an artificial intelligence nor a robot. However, the extraterrestrial life form mentioned in the novel materializes and takes on a human form. This new life form acts just like an artificial intelligence while feeding on memories and tries to establish a relationship between its memory and current information. In its physical form, it is stronger than a human, like a robot. For this reason, Lem's work may be useful for understanding the relationships that humans will have with artificial intelligence or robots in the future. Therefore, the utopian and dystopian elements found in Solaris can be used as a methodological tool to understand the future relationships of humans with artificial intelligence or robots, and in this sense, a science fiction sociology can be made. In this regard, the discussion will be based on the views of Jameson and Levitas.

Combined Format Open Panel P272
Making and doing relationships with AI, cyborgs, robots
  Session 2 Friday 19 July, 2024, -