Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Consider Facebookits human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new…

Seeing like a Rover: Visualization, embodiment, and interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission

Based on more than 2 years of ethnographic immersion with the Mars Exploration Rover mission, this paper examines the representational work and associated embodied practices through which the science and engineering team makes decisions about how and where to move their robots. Building on prior work in Science and Technology Studies on the importance of…

Robots That Stereotype: Creating and Using Categories of People for Human-Robot Interaction

Psychologists note that humans use categories to simplify and speed the process of person perception. Applications that require a robot to interact with a variety of different people will demand the creation of stereotypes representing different categories of people. This article presents a method for stereotype learning and usage by a robot. Both robot and…

Konnichiwa robot, sayonara human? – Construction and domestication of robots in Japan

This thesis explores the robots of Japan in a historical and cultural context, to see how they are co-produced among a wide variety of actors in a network. It is seen both from the creator side, through their scripting of what a robot should be understood and used as, and also from the user-side, through…

The crying shame of robot nannies: An ethical appraisal

An ethical appraisal of the possibility of part or full-time replacement of primary caregivers by robots, including implications for neglect of children, possible physical harm, human rights issues, privacy issues, robot use of restraint, deception of children, accountability, and consequences for the psychological and emotional well being of children.