Enchanting Robots

Intimacy, Magic, and Technology

  • Maciej Musiał

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


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.


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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