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Book Klara and the Sun

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2021-03-02
  • ISBN : 0593318188
  • Pages : 275 pages

Download or read book Klara and the Sun written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2021-03-02 with total page 275 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press). • A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Book Klara and the Sun

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Release : 2021-03-02
  • ISBN : 0571364918
  • Pages : 320 pages

Download or read book Klara and the Sun written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Faber & Faber. This book was released on 2021-03-02 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021 The #1 Sunday Times Bestseller Featured in Barack Obama's Summer Reading List 2021 'This is a novel for fans of Never Let Me Go . . . tender, touching and true.' The Times 'The Sun always has ways to reach us.' From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In Klara and the Sun, his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love? 'Beautiful' Guardian 'Flawless' The Times 'Devastating' FT 'Another masterpiece' Observer

Book Klara and the Sun   Independent E

Download or read book Klara and the Sun Independent E written by KAZUO. ISHIGURO and published by . This book was released on 2021-03-02 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book Klara and the Sun

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2022-03-01
  • ISBN : 0593311299
  • Pages : 0 pages

Download or read book Klara and the Sun written by Kazuo Ishiguro and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2022-03-01 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness” (The Associated Press). • A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Book Japanese Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro

Download or read book Japanese Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro written by Takayuki Shonaka and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2024-01-03 with total page 317 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of essays offers new perspectives from Japan on Nobel Prize–winning author Kazuo Ishiguro. It analyses the Japanese-born British author from the vantage point of his birthplace, showing how Ishiguro remains greatly indebted to Japanese culture and sensibilities. The influence of Japanese literature and film is evident in Ishiguro’s early novels as he deals with the problem of the atomic bomb and Japan’s war responsibility, yet his later works also engage with folk tales and the modern popular culture of Japan. The chapters consider a range of Japanese influences on Ishiguro and adaptations of Ishiguro’s work, including literary, cinematic and animated representations. The book makes use of newly archived drafts of Ishiguro’s manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas to explore the origins of his oeuvre. It also offers sharp, new examinations of Ishiguro’s work in relation to memory studies, especially in relation to Japan. ​

Book A Tale Told by a Machine

Download or read book A Tale Told by a Machine written by Heather Duerre Humann and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2023-05-08 with total page 171 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Intelligent machines have long existed in science fiction, and they now appear in mainstream films such as Bladerunner, Ex Machina, I Am Mother and Her, as well as in a recent proliferation of literary texts narrated from the machine's perspective. These new portrayals of artificial intelligence inevitably foreground dilemmas related to identity and selfhood, concepts being reassessed in the 21st century. Taking a close look at novels like Ancillary Justice, Aurora, All Systems Red, The Actuality, The Unseen World and Klara and the Sun, this work investigates key questions that arise from the use of AI narrators. It describes how these narratives challenge humanist principles by suggesting that selfhood is an illusion, even as they make the case for extending these principles to machines by proposing that they are not so different from humans. The book examines what is at stake with nonhuman narration, the qualities of AI narratives, and what it might mean to relate to a narrator when the voice adopted is that of an AI.

Book Different Voices

Download or read book Different Voices written by Paola Partenza and published by V&R Unipress. This book was released on 2022-12-12 with total page 197 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The concept of the "human" has been broadly re-visited and modified, and the term "posthuman" has now become a term of continuous inquiry. Gender (representations) play(s) a critical role in works of literature, culture, and art, and focusing on gender is crucial to uncovering the anthropocentrism or androcentrism that may underlie the work and the times to which it belongs. While maintaining a solid literary emphasis, the ten chapters included in this volume focus on feminist debates about women, technology, and the body, on gender representation and the posthuman, on post-gender figurations, on gender and trans/post/humanism, biotechnology/biopolitics/bioethics, on feminist posthumanism, on animals, the human-machine, and ecological posthumanism. The aim of the volume is to analyse how useful these concepts may be for thinking about the subject, its definition and identity in a changing society.

Book AI and Emotions in Digital Society

Download or read book AI and Emotions in Digital Society written by Scribano, Adrian and published by IGI Global. This book was released on 2023-12-18 with total page 339 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the rapidly evolving realm of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital technologies, a pressing issue confronts academic scholars and social scientists—the profound consequences of AI adoption within the intricate structures of society. Despite its pervasive influence, this critical topic remains largely unexplored in academic circles, leaving a significant knowledge gap regarding how AI reshapes human interactions, institutions, and the fabric of our digital society. AI and Emotions in Digital Society, edited by Adrian Scribano and Maximiliano E Korstanje, emerges as the timely and compelling solution to bridge this divide. In this transformative book, readers embark on an intellectual journey exploring the intricate interplay between society, technology, and emotions. Drawing together high-quality chapters from diverse disciplines and cultural backgrounds, the book fosters critical discussions that delve into the philosophical quandaries underpinning AI's influence, especially within the context of our ever-changing world. By adopting a balanced perspective that acknowledges both risks and opportunities, the book equips postgraduate students, professionals, policymakers, AI analysts, and social scientists with the tools to comprehend the far-reaching effects of AI on human behavior, institutions, and democratic processes. As readers engage with this thought-provoking content, they gain profound insights into how AI impacts various sectors, including education, travel, literature, politics, and cyber-security. AI and Emotions in Digital Society serves as an indispensable resource for navigating the ongoing AI revolution, inspiring informed decision-making, and fostering critical dialogue. By empowering readers to grasp the complexities of AI's role in a new cosmopolitan capitalism, the book opens possibilities for a future where humanity and technology harmoniously coexist, shaping the course of our digitally interconnected society.

Book Summary of Klara and the Sun

Download or read book Summary of Klara and the Sun written by Alexander Cooper and published by BookSummaryGr. This book was released on 2021-08-30 with total page 50 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Summary of Klara and the Sun - A Comprehensive Summary Klаrа and thе Sun bу Kazuo Ishiguro is a “soft” science fісtіоn bооk (dеаlіng with the іmрlісаtіоnѕ of ѕсіеnсе fісtіоn without much emphasis on thе ѕсіеnсе bеhіnd it). Iѕhіgurо fаnѕ lіkеlу know thаt hе’ѕ nо stranger to thе genre, hаvіng реnnеd оthеr sci-fi titles in thе past (Thе Buried Gіаnt аnd Never Lеt Mе Gо). In thіѕ саѕе, Klara аnd thе Sun ѕеt іn a ѕеmі-dуѕtоріаn wоrld wіth twо distinct classes оf сhіldrеn: “lіftеd” аnd “unlіftеd.” Upper-class сhіldrеn аlѕо often hаvе AFs, mеаnіng “Artіfісіаl Friends” whісh are basically robot соmраnіоnѕ. Klаrа, оur protagonist аnd thе nаrrаtоr of thіѕ ѕtоrу, іѕ an аdvаnсеd mоdеl, a 4th Gеnеrаtіоn B2 AF. Thе ramp uр оf the рlоt takes a little tіmе, ѕіnсе Iѕhіgurо fіrѕt hаѕ to еѕtаblіѕh the rеаlіtу thе bооk еxіѕtѕ іn. The book іѕ set іn thе not-so-distant futurе where much оf it is fаmіlіаr, though thеrе аrе a number оf ѕосіеtаl сhаngеѕ thаt Ishiguro gradually rеvеаlѕ the ѕmаll details оf. Still, аѕ fаr as wоrld-buіldіng gоеѕ, it remains a fаіrlу fuzzy sketch of what thіngѕ соuld lооk lіkе, since thе dеtаіlѕ of thе wоrld are ѕсаnt аnd leaves a lоt tо іmаgіnеd by thе rеаdеr. Gіvеn thаt this іѕ, оf соurѕе, lіtеrаrу fiction, thе bооk іѕ рrоbаblу mоrе іntеrіоr that уоur typical sci-fi nоvеl. Thеrе’ѕ mоrе оf a fосuѕ оn the nuances of Klara’s реrѕресtіvе аnd thе rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ around her. Thе рlоt does tаkеѕ a dіѕtіnсtіvеlу Blасk Mіrrоr-еѕԛuе turnѕ — іf you’re fаmіlіаr wіth thаt tеlеvіѕіоn series, there’s ѕоmе mаjоr “Be Rіght Back” vibes. Unfоrtunаtеlу, though, it dоеѕn’t resolve thаt рlоt lіnе in an entirely ѕаtіѕfуіng way, though thаt subplot does ѕеrvе аn important funсtіоn in thе book. Klаrа and the Sun probes at соmрlеx questions about thе rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ іn the bооk аnd what іt mеаnѕ tо lоvе оr саrе for ѕоmеоnе. In ѕоmе wауѕ, thе bооk саn bе ѕееn аѕ being mоrе аbоut Josie (thе gіrl for whоm Klаrа іѕ a соmраnіоn), thоugh viewing that through Klаrа’ѕ реrѕресtіvе рrоvіdеѕ uѕ with a refracted lens tо vіеw thаt wоrld аnd Jоѕіе’ѕ rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ. What Klаrа understands, аnd оftеn mоrе іmроrtаntlу whаt ѕhе mіѕundеrѕtаndѕ, рrоvіdе the contours to this tаlе and аrе сruсіаl tо analyzing the themes аnd еvеntѕ оf the ѕtоrу. I dоn’t knоw if thіѕ book wаѕ іntеndеd as аn alluѕіоn tо Plаtо’ѕ Allegory оf thе Cаvе (I wоuld guеѕѕ уеѕ), but іt wаѕ сеrtаіnlу reminiscent of іt іn ѕоmе wауѕ. Plato’s Cаvе іѕ аbоut hоw people bаѕе their knоwlеdgе оn thеіr limited реrсерtіоn of thе wоrld. It іlluѕtrаtеѕ it by іmаgіnіng реорlе chained in a cave ѕееіng ѕhаdоwѕ rеflесtеd on the wаll, unаblе to ѕее thеу аrе not rеаl оbjесtѕ but ѕhаdоwѕ cast by a fіrе they саnnоt ѕее behind thеm. And іf оnе wеrе to manage tо escape outside the саvе, they might rеасh thе conclusion thаt ѕunlіght соuld blіnd them ѕіnсе thеіr eyes hаd nоt уеt аdjuѕtеd. Similarly, Klara’s perceptions аrе ѕеvеrеlу lіmіtеd by hеr еxреrіеnсеѕ. Her relationship with the Sun and its lіght is dеfіnеd bу the conclusions ѕhе draws from hеr lіmіtеd knowledge of іt. To be continued... Here is a Preview of What You Will Get: ⁃ A Full Book Summary ⁃ An Analysis ⁃ Fun quizzes ⁃ Quiz Answers ⁃ Etc Get a copy of this summary and learn about the book.

Book Curious Kin in Fictions of Posthuman Care

Download or read book Curious Kin in Fictions of Posthuman Care written by Amelia DeFalco and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2023-09-19 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Over the past decade cultural theory has seen a number of 'turns' - the materialist turn, the animal turn, the affective turn - that address the human as an affective, embodied, and ultimately vulnerable animal embedded in dense webs of more-than-human relations, in short as a posthuman phenomenon. Care philosophy shares this focus on embodiment and vulnerability in its insistence on interdependence as the defining condition of human life, making it well positioned for a posthuman turn. To this end, Curious Kin in Fictions of Posthuman Care draws together contemporary narrative fictions that challenge humanist conceptions of care in their imaginative depiction of more-than-human affective bonds, arguing for an expansion care philosophy's central figure: the embodied, embedded, and encumbered 'human'. Fictional narratives of care between humans and robots, bioengineered creatures, clones, nonhuman animals, aliens or inanimate things, highlight the limits of humanist ethical models' capacity to register and accommodate posthuman relational intimacies, while gesturing towards a model of care able to accommodate networked interdependencies that extend beyond the human realm. Texts by Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Louisa Hall, Eva Hornung, Kazuo Ishiguro, Bhanu Kapil, and Jesmyn Ward, along with films and television programmes like Robot and Frank, Under the Skin, and Real Humans, depict a range of scenarios in which more-than-human care relations not only supersede human-human relationships, but suggest new human/animal/machine ways of being that offer novel insights into the possible presents and futures of posthuman care. Curious Kin in Fictions of Posthuman Care reveals how these fictions do their own theorizing, imagining the politics, ethics and aesthetics of specific, contextualized scenarios of posthuman contact and companionship. Interweaving posthuman theory, care philosophy and contemporary fiction, Curious Kin in Fictions of Posthuman Care offers generative visions of care that make room for the incredible range of affects, energies, behaviours, attachments and dependencies that produce and sustain life in more-than-human worlds.

Book The Routledge Companion to Literature and Social Justice

Download or read book The Routledge Companion to Literature and Social Justice written by Masood Ashraf Raja and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2023-11-20 with total page 726 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Routledge Companion to Literature and Social Justice is a comprehensive and multi- purpose collection on this important topic. With contributors working in various fields, the Companion provides in- depth analyses of both the cumulative and emergent issues, obstacles, praxes, propositions, and theories of social justice. The first section offers a historical overview of major developments and debates in the field, while the following sections look in more detail at the key traditions and show how literature and theory can be applied as analytical tools to real- world inequalities and the impact of doing so. The contributors provide reviews of major theoretical traditions, including Marxism, feminism, Critical Race Theory, disability studies, and queer studies. They also share literary analyses of influential authors including W. E. B. Du Bois, Yang Kui, Edwidge Danticat, Octavia Butler, and Rivers Solomon amongst others. The final section considers future possibilities for theory and action of justice, drawing specifically from theories and knowledges in decolonial, Indigenous, environmental, and posthumanist studies. This authoritative volume draws on the intersections between literary studies and social movements in order to provide scholars, students, and activists alike with a complete collection of the most up- to- date information on both canonical and emerging texts and case studies globally.

Book Intelligence   Theories and Applications

Download or read book Intelligence Theories and Applications written by Rainer M. Holm-Hadulla and published by Springer Nature. This book was released on 2022-06-29 with total page 394 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Intelligence allows people to understand events and to shape their surrounding environment. This book delves deeper into the theories and applications of intelligence, showing it is a multifaceted concept —defined and explained differently by prestigious experts of various disciplines in their own research. The book provides interdisciplinary connections of intelligence as it relates to a variety of clearly outlined subject areas, and should lead to a deep understanding of the phenomenon as it pertains to practical applications in different domains. Contributors in this volume present results from evolutionary biology, mathematics, artificial intelligence, medicine, psychology, cultural studies, economy, political sciences and philosophy. Individual scientific models are integrated in an interdisciplinary concept of wisdom. This volume will help enhance the common understanding of intelligence for fellow researchers and scientists alike.

Book The Cambridge Companion to Kazuo Ishiguro

Download or read book The Cambridge Companion to Kazuo Ishiguro written by Andrew Bennett and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2023-03-31 with total page 291 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A lively, accessible and authoritative introduction to the work of Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the leading novelists of our time.

Book Community in Contemporary British Fiction

Download or read book Community in Contemporary British Fiction written by Sara Upstone and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2022-10-20 with total page 237 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examining how British writers are addressing the urgent matter of how we form and express group belonging in the 21st century, this book brings together a range of international scholars to explore the ongoing crises, developments and possibilities inherent in the task of representing community in the present. Including an extended critical introduction that positions the individual chapters in relation to broader conceptual questions, chapters combine close reading and engagement with the latest theories and concepts to engage with the complex regionalities of the United Kingdom, with representation of writers from all parts of the UK including Northern Ireland. Including specific focus on the most challenging issues for community in the past five years, notably Brexit and the Covid-19 crisis, with a broader understanding of themes of local and national belonging, this book offers detailed discussions of writers including Ali Smith, Niall Griffiths, John McGregor, Max Porter, Amanda Craig, Bernadine Evaristo, Jonathan Coe, Bernie McGill, Jan Carson, Guy Gunaratne, Anthony Cartright, Barney Farmer, Maggie Gee and Sarah Hall. Demonstrating some of the resources that literature can offer for a renewed understanding of community, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in how British Literature contributes to our understanding of society in both the past and present, and how such understanding can potentially help us to shape the future.

Book The Routledge Companion to World Literature

Download or read book The Routledge Companion to World Literature written by Theo D'haen and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2022-09-30 with total page 640 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This fully updated new edition of The Routledge Companion to World Literature contains ten brand new chapters on topics such as premodern world literature, migration studies, world history, artificial intelligence, global Englishes, remediation, crime fiction, Lusophone literature, Middle Eastern literature, and oceanic studies. Separated into four key sections, the volume covers: the history of world literature through significant writers and theorists from Goethe to Said, Casanova and Moretti the disciplinary relationship of world literature to areas such as philology, translation, globalization, and diaspora studies theoretical issues in world literature, including gender, politics, and ethics; and a global perspective on the politics of world literature Comprehensive yet accessible, this book is ideal as an introduction to world literature or for those looking to extend their knowledge of this essential field.

Book AI and Popular Culture

Download or read book AI and Popular Culture written by Lee Barron and published by Emerald Group Publishing. This book was released on 2023-04-03 with total page 249 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: AI and Popular Culture sheds light on how artificial intelligence has changed our world and helps you to understand where it might take us next.

Book Crisis in Contemporary British Fiction

Download or read book Crisis in Contemporary British Fiction written by Anastasia Logotheti and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2023-10-30 with total page 108 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection of critical essays explores how contemporary British authors engage with the theme of crisis in their fiction. Of interest to scholars and students of literary and cultural studies, this volume investigates crisis as a complex phenomenon: not only as a cultural concept involving sociopolitical systems but also as a mode of challenge to established power structures and modes of representation across narrative traditions. Through the examination of a variety of leading authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, and award-winning texts like Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending (2011), this collection foregrounds the theme of crisis as a critical commonality emerging among vastly different stylistic expressions of local and global concerns. Bringing together a variety of scholars from Germany, Italy, Greece, the UK and the US, this collection provides diverse disciplinary perspectives and highlights the significance of social and ethical concerns in contemporary British fiction through the investigation of the theme of crisis.