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

By Kathleen Richardson

This booklet explores the making of robots in labs on the Massachusetts Institute of know-how (MIT). It examines the cultural principles that cross into the making of robots, and the function of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robot scientists. The booklet engages with debates in anthropological theorizing concerning the approach that robots are reimagined as clever, self sustaining and social and weaved into lived social realities. Richardson charts the movement clear of the “worker” robotic of the Nineteen Twenties to the “social” one of many 2000s, as robots are reimagined as partners, acquaintances and healing agents.

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