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Practically Human.: Performing Social Robots and Feminist Aspects on Agency, Body and Gender.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Through an experimental theatre play, this thesis explores the development of human-like agency in contemporary “social robot” technology. The entrance point of this study is the gender gap and lack of diversity in contemporary AI/robot development, with an emerging need for interdisciplinary research across robot technology and social sciences. Using feminist technoscience and critical posthumanism as the theoretical framework, this research involves an analysis of a particular social robot case, currently being developed at Furhat Robotics in Stockholm. Inspired by Judy Wajcman (2004), I analyze how socially intelligent machines impact perceptions of human agency, body, gender, and identity within cultural contexts and through interaction. The first part of the empirical research is carried out in the robot-lab. The robot is then, in the second part, invited to perform as an actor in a theatre play. Entangled amidst the other players and audience members, a queered agency starts to reveal itself through human-machine “intra-action” and embodiment (Barad 2003). Human-like agency in machines is shown to be a complex matter, drawing the conclusion that human-beings are vulnerable to a myriad of entanglements and preconceptions that artificial intelligence potentially embodies.

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2019. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Feminist technoscience; critical posthumanism; posthuman; social robot; AI; technology and art; robots in theatre; human-machine; agency; body; gender; intra-action; cyborg; liminal personae; human-like machines; Judy Wajcman; Karen Barad; Donna Haraway.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158230ISRN: LIU-TEMA G/GSIC1-A—19/013-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158230DiVA, id: diva2:1331443
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, One Year
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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