An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and by Kathleen Richardson

By Kathleen Richardson

This e-book explores the making of robots in labs on the Massachusetts Institute of expertise (MIT). It examines the cultural rules that cross into the making of robots, and the position of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robot scientists. The booklet engages with debates in anthropological theorizing in regards to the approach that robots are reimagined as clever, independent and social and weaved into lived social realities. Richardson charts the movement clear of the “worker” robotic of the Twenties to the “social” one of many 2000s, as robots are reimagined as partners, pals and healing agents.

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