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Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI
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Cyborg Futures

Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Editors: Heffernan, Teresa (Ed.)

  • Utilizes perspectives from a variety of disciplines to provide an analysis of AI and robotics
  • Considers the broad social impact of these technologies
  • Critiques some of the myths driving the field of robotics and AI
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This volume brings together academics from evolutionary biology, literary theory, robotics, digital culture, anthropology, sociology, and environmental studies to consider the impact of robotics and AI on society. By bringing these perspectives together in one book, readers gain a sense of the complex scientific, social, and ideological contexts within which AI and robotics research is unfolding, as well as the illusory suppositions and distorted claims being mobilized by the industry in the name of bettering humanity’s future. Discussions about AI and robotics have been shaped by computer science and engineering, steered by corporate and military interests, forged by transhumanist philosophy and libertarian politics, animated by fiction, and hyped by the media. From fiction passing as science to the illusion of AI autonomy to the business of ethics to the automation of war, this collection recognizes the inevitable entanglement of humanity and technology, while exposing the problematic assumptions and myths driving the field in order to better assess its risks and potential.

About the authors

Teresa Heffernan is Professor of English at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS. Her current research is on the science and fiction of robotics and AI. Her previous books include Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism (2016) and Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel (2008).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cyborg Futures
Book Subtitle
Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Editors
  • Teresa Heffernan
Series Title
Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21836-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21836-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21835-5
Series ISSN
2523-8523
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 187
Number of Illustrations
11 illustrations in colour
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