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An Anthropology of Robots and AI

Annihilation Anxiety and Machines

Kathleen Richardson (De Montfort University, UK)

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CRC Press Inc
18 December 2017
This book explores the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It examines the cultural ideas that go into the making of robots, and the role of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robotic scientists. The book engages with debates in anthropological theorizing regarding the way that robots are reimagined as intelligent, autonomous and social and weaved into lived social realities. Richardson charts the move away from the worker robot of the 1920s to the social one of the 2000s, as robots are reimagined as companions, friends and therapeutic agents.
By:   Kathleen Richardson (De Montfort University UK)
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9780815346463
ISBN 10:   0815346468
Series:   Routledge Studies in Anthropology
Pages:   136
Publication Date:   18 December 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines 1. Revolutionary Robots 2. Out of Body Minds 3. Social Robots 4. The Gender of the Geek 5. The Dissociated Robot 6. Fantasy and Robots. Conclusion: Loving the Attachment Wounded Robot

Kathleen Richardson is Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics in the School for Computer Science and Informatics, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

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