Audio Books by Kate Devlin

Kate Devlin is the author of The Brightness of Things (2022) and Turned On (2020).

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The Brightness of Things

release date: Sep 22, 2022
The Brightness of Things
We are surrounded by the material culture of the people who lived before us: architecture, artworks and artefacts. But can we be certain that, even when allowing for the ravages of time, what we observe is the same as what the original creators of these items would have seen? Light can't be captured in the archaeological record, of course, yet lighting conditions can completely alter our perception, leading to dramatic changes in interpretation for archaeologists, art historians and psychologists. The Colourful Past examines the way that our understanding of archaeological sites and objects has often been surprisingly inaccurate, and how the latest image sampling and virtual-reality techniques are providing startling insights in archaeological places, objects and peoples. Focusing on light, colour and perception, the book shows how computer graphics technology is quietly revolutionising archaeology. It outlines the need for perceptual realism in virtual heritage, and explores case studies where the application of perceptual knowledge can enhance archaeological understanding. After an introduction to the subject, The Colourful Past takes a chronological narrative, beginning with stone-age rock art and working through examples from the Classical period into medieval times, before finishing with the present and ideas on the future direction of research. The narrative spans the globe, from European and African rock art and Mayan frescoes to Egyptian temples and medieval religious paintings, to name a few. Why did medieval artists use so much gold leaf? Were palaeolithic artists in prehistoric France making animations on cave walls? What effect does sunshine have on the layout of an Egyptian temple? How can we tell how things would have looked to people in the past? All these questions and many more are answered in Kate Devlin's brilliant book.

Turned On

release date: Oct 20, 2020
Turned On
An exploration of sexuality, technology, and humanity through the promises of artificial intelligence. The idea of the seductive sex robot is the stuff of myth, legend and science fiction. But beyond the fantasies there are real and fundamental questions about our relationship with technology as it moves into the realm of robotics. Artificial intelligence raises very real concerns. Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. With advances in technology come machines that may one day think independently. What will happen to us when we form close relationships with these intelligent systems? Chapter by chapter, this book builds on the science and the philosophy surrounding our most intimate relationship with technology. The scene is set with the history of the artificial sexual companion, then goes on to explore the "modern" robot and the twentieth century sci-fi that promised us our own robot slaves. An explanation of artificial intelligence and the urge to create sentient machines delves into our own psychology: how does desire affect our own behavior, and can we become attached to an inanimate object? Can robots make society a better place? And what can go wrong? Sex robots are here, and here to stay--and more are coming. This book explores how the emerging and future development of sexual companion robots might affect us, and our society. It explores the social changes arising from emerging technologies, and our relationships with the machines that may someday care for us and about us.

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