More Than Machines?

The Attribution of (In)Animacy to Robot Technology

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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27 February 2021, ca. 240 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5560-5

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Laura Voss

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Deutschland

Author(s)
Laura Voss
Book title
More Than Machines? The Attribution of (In)Animacy to Robot Technology
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
ca. 240
Features
kart., Klebebindung, 14 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-5560-5
Commodity Group
1724
BIC-Code
PDR JFC JHBL
BISAC-Code
SOC026000 TEC052000 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
PDR JBCC JHBL
Release date
27 February 2021
Edition
1
Topics
Gesellschaft, Technik, Leben, Wissenschaft
Readership
Sociology, Science and Technology Studies, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Robo-Ethics, AI Ethics, Science Communication, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Philosophy as well as a broader public
Keywords/Tags
Robot, Artificial Intelligence, Animacy, Anthropomorphism, Agency, Technology, Society, Science, Sociology of Technology, Sociology of Culture, Sociology of Work and Industry, Sociology

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