Towards a Rhizomatic Technical History of Control

Gilles Deleuze’s Postscript on Control Societies lends itself readily - too readily, perhaps - to historical interpretations of control that accept the universalising claims of techno-science. Critical social and cultural theory tacitly confirms the terms of reference of techno-scientific concepts at the risk of sanctioning the speculative claims of a notional physics of the cultural…

Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw

Two decades of analysis have produced a rich set of insights as to how the law should apply to the Internet’s peculiar characteristics. But, in the meantime, technology has not stood still. The same public and private institutions that developed the Internet, from the armed forces to search engines, have initiated a significant shift toward…

On the ethical framing of research programs in robotics

Robotic systems and technologies step out of research laboratories jointly with information about the long-term goals of technological inquiry they are lined up with and about the short-term objectives guiding daily laboratory activities. These various ingredients play crucial roles in the pursuit of technological research programs. A comprehensive ethical framing of technological research programs is…