The Commonplace of Man in the Times of Anthropomorphic and Intelligent Robots

Keywords: commonplace of man, anthropomorphic robot, an ideal of corporeality, artificial intelligence, new media art


The objective of this paper is to discuss the commonplace of man in relation to the theory of mimesis in the context of the analysis of current examples of anthropomorphic and intelligent robots. Two aspects of the analysis have been taken into consideration. The first one is linked with the similarities of such robots to the idealized human body and the second one acknowledges mental similarities between the robots and humans, which entail the question of artificial intelligence. Most of the quoted examples derive from the world of art which has beco­me an interdisciplinary area of collaboration between artists and engineers. This contribution contains a comparative study and a part of it, in many cases, involves the contributor’s observa­tions on the presented intelligent robots.

Author Biography

Sidey Myoo, Department of Aesthetics, Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Sidey Myoo is a scientific pseudonym which comes from the net name that was adopted by prof. dr hab. Michał Ostrowicki in 2007, in Second Life. Sidey Myoo is a philosopher, he works at the Department of Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University and at the Department of Theory of Media Art of the Faculty of Intermedia in Fine Arts in Kraków. He is interested in aesthetics treated as a theory of art, mainly in relation to contemporary art. In 2006, he used the notion of virtual realis (later: electronic realis) which has become a basis for ontoelectronics, i.e. ontology focused on the analysis of electronic reality treated as a sphere of being.

In 2007 he founded the Academia Electronica ( – a no­n-institutionalized part of the Jagiellonian University based on the model of university in the electronic environment in Second Life, where official academic courses are held and conference presentations are given.


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