More Than Machines?

More Than Machines?


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We know that robots are just machines. Why then do we often talk about them as if they were alive? Laura Voss explores this fascinating phenomenon, providing a rich insight into practices of animacy (and inanimacy) attribution to robot technology: from science-fiction to robotics R&D, from science communication to media discourse, and from the theoretical perspectives of STS to the cognitive sciences. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, and backed by a wealth of empirical material, Voss shows how scientists, engineers, journalists - and everyone else - can face the challenge of robot technology appearing »a little bit alive« with a reflexive and yet pragmatic stance.

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  • agency
  • Animacy
  • anthropomorphism
  • artificial intelligence
  • Cultural Studies
  • Impact of science & technology on society
  • Mathematics & science
  • robot
  • Science
  • Science: general issues
  • Society
  • Society & culture: general
  • Society & Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Sociology & anthropology
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology of Technology
  • Sociology of Work and Industry
  • Sociology: work & labour
  • Technology


DOI: 10.14361/9783839455609


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