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dc.contributor.authorRichardson, Kathleenen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-07T15:20:32Z
dc.date.available2016-11-07T15:20:32Z
dc.date.issued2016-03-01
dc.identifier.citationRichardson, K,. (2016) Technological Animism: The Uncanny Personhood of Humanoid Machines. Social Analysis. Special Issue on Animism: The Animistic Turn. Social Analysis, March, 60 (1), pp.110-128en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/12784
dc.description.abstractThis article analyzes the role of animism in the creation and production of humanoid robots. In Japan and the United States, robotic science has emerged from fictional sources and is enmeshed with fictional models, even when developed in advanced technoscientific facilities. Drawing on the work of Sigmund Freud and Masahiro Mori, I explore the robot as an ‘uncanny’ doppelgänger that is liminally situated between the human and non-human. Cultural depictions of robots, particularly in written and visual fiction, reflect Freudian fears of the ‘double’ as the annihilating other. I propose the concept of ‘technological animism’ to explore how fiction and technoscience co-construct each other, with roboticists drawing inspiration from positive fictional models, as among Japanese scientists, or frequently rejecting such models, as among their North American colleagues.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBerghahn Booksen
dc.subjectandroidsen
dc.subjectdoubleen
dc.subjectfictionen
dc.subjectJapanen
dc.subjectrobotsen
dc.subjecttechnological animismen
dc.subjecttechnoscienceen
dc.subjectthe uncannyen
dc.titleTechnological Animism: The Uncanny Personhood of Humanoid Machinesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2016.600108
dc.researchgroupCentre for Computing and Social Responsibility
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.explorer.multimediaNoen
dc.funderDREAMen
dc.projectid611391en
dc.cclicenceN/Aen
dc.date.acceptance2015-07-01en
dc.researchinstituteCentre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)en


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