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Enchanting Robots

Intimacy, Magic, and Technology

  • Maciej Musiał
Book

Part of the Social and Cultural Studies of Robots and AI book series (SOCUSRA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Maciej Musiał
    Pages 1-9
  3. Maciej Musiał
    Pages 11-62
  4. Maciej Musiał
    Pages 63-113
  5. Maciej Musiał
    Pages 115-140
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 155-159

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

HRI Human-Robot Interactions STS Social Studies of Robotics Magical Thinking Cognitive Development Enchantment Dis-enchantment Social Robotics Sex Robots Robot Ethics Robophilosophy Magic Intimacy

Authors and affiliations

  • Maciej Musiał
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyAdam Mickiewicz University in PoznańPoznańPoland

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