Pop Culture Lens on Robots, Anthropomorphism, and Ethics

In this video, part of the new YouTube Channel for The Pop Culture Lens, you will hear an excerpt from a lecture I gave on robots. In this excerpt, I discuss the nature of robots and how it intersects with the concept of anthropomorphism. I make the argument for why such anthropomorphism, and zoomorphism, occurs, … Continue reading Pop Culture Lens on Robots, Anthropomorphism, and Ethics

Gendering Robots 2005 Research Proposal

Recently, the question of how we attribute gender to asexual entities like robots and AI has been something I have been pondering more and more. How we understand engage with entities like Alexa from Amazon, Siri from Apple, and Cortana from Microsoft is fascinating, as well as how we think about robots like BB-8 or … Continue reading Gendering Robots 2005 Research Proposal

The Symbolic Interactionism of “Her”

Her is a movie exploring the tensions of love, relationship, sex, and what it means to be human. It is a beautiful romance between a man and his operating system that leaves both changed for the better.  It is a glimpse into what our future may be as the singularity is approached and artificial life is … Continue reading The Symbolic Interactionism of “Her”