From Literature to Biterature: Lem, Turing, Darwin, and Explorations in Computer Literature, Philosophy of Mind, and Cultural Evolution

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From Literature to Biterature is based on the premise that in the foreseeable future computers will become capable of creating works of literature. Among hundreds of other questions, it considers: Under which conditions would machines become capable of creative writing? Given that computer evolution will exceed the pace of natural evolution a million-fold, what will such a state of affairs entail in terms of art, culture, social life, and even nonhuman rights? Drawing a map of impending literary, cultural, social, and technological revolutions, Peter Swirski boldly assumes that computers will leap from mere syntax-driven processing to semantically rich understanding. He argues that acknowledging biterature as a species of literature will involve adopting the same range of attitudes to computer authors (computhors) as to human ones and that it will be necessary to approach them as agents with internal states and creative intentions. Ranging from the metafiction of Stanislaw Lem to the "Turing test" (familiar to scientists working in Artificial Intelligence and the philosophers of mind) to the evolutionary trends of culture and machines, Swirski's scenarios lay the groundwork for a new area of study on the cusp of literary futurology, evolutionary cognition, and philosophy of the future.

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Peter Swirski is a Canadian scholar and literary critic featured in Canadian Who's Who. He is Amazon's #1 Bestseller in Canadian Literary Criticism and in American History and Criticism. Specialist in American literature and American Studies, and the world's foremost scholar on Stanislaw Lem, is the author of fifteen award-winning books, including Of Literature and Knowledge (2007), Literature, Analytically Speaking (2010), American Utopia and Social Engineering (2011), and Stanislaw Lem: Philosopher of the Future (2015).

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"Brilliant, cogent, erudite, and articulate, fascinating, unsettling, and profound... I can hardly think of anyone else who could so effortlessly and colorfully integrate philosophy of mind, robotics, literary studies, cultural trends, futurology, evolution and many other areas of intellectual analysis: names like Steven Pinker, Mat Ridley, or Douglas Hofstadter spring to mind."
The Montreal Review

"Zigzags across the fields of artificial intelligence, computing history, cognitive science, narrative theory, the evolution of men and machines, and post-Turing attempts to figure out how to identify computer intelligence if (Swirski would say when) it arises... a modern adventure story for the mind".
The Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

"Swirski at his thought-provoking best."
Literary Review of Canada (LRC)

"Swirski covers some heavy concepts... But Swirski executes on it well, and brings his wit and charm to the page... you'll learn something about the future of computing and reading, as well."
Critical Margins

"There are too many things to recommend in this book... Swirski formulates his theses with analytical precision after carefully reflecting on pro and contra arguments. His masterful narrative technique challenges us to re-examine what we take for granted in life, literature and philosophy. The book is bound to inspire debates over the nature of art and intelligence in days to come."
Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"Swirski's work is an accessible introduction to the domain Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the presumed emergence of computer-generated literature - a thought provoking concept." Tomasz Lem, author of Adventures in the Field of Universal Gravitation

"Brisk, playful, and paradoxical, Swirski presents the reader with a buffet of food for thought." Quill & Quire

“From Literature to Biterature" is the best thing that appeared since Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. At points fascinating, unsettling, and profound, Swirski effortlessly integrates philosophy of mind, robotics, literary studies, cultural trends, futurology, evolution, and many other areas of intellectual analysis. There is no other book like it”.
-- Waclaw Osadnik

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