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Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI

Enchanting Robots

Intimacy, Magic, and Technology

Authors: Musiał, Maciej

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  • Connects an examination of human-robot interactions with larger considerations of modernity and 21st century technology
  • Demonstrates the importance of actively questioning how technology changes the intimate relationships of humans
  • Examines human interactions with robots through the lens of magical thinking and enchantment
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This book argues that robots are enchanting humans (as potential intimate partners), because humans are enchanting robots (by performing magical thinking), and that these processes are a part of a significant re-enchantment of the “modern” world. As a foundation, the author examines arguments for and against intimate relationships with robots, particularly sex robots and care robots. Moreover, the book provides a consideration of human-robot interactions and philosophical reflections about robots through the lens of magic and magical thinking as well as theoretical and practical re-evaluations of their status and presence. Furthermore, the author discusses the abovementioned issues in the context of disenchantment and re-enchantment of the world, characterizing modernity as a coexistence of these two processes. The book closes with a consideration of future scenarios regarding the meaning of life in the age of rampant automation and the possibility that designing robots becomes a sort of new eugenics as a consequence of recognizing robots as persons.

About the authors

Maciej Musiał, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. He is interested in transformations of intimacy, new technologies and magical thinking.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12579-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-12578-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enchanting Robots
Book Subtitle
Intimacy, Magic, and Technology
Authors
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 license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12579-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12579-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12578-3
Series ISSN
2523-8523
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 159
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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