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