Race and Robotics
Despite suggestions to the contrary, technology has never been absented or distinct from discourses of race, and vice versa. There has long been an intimacy between these spheres, a mutually constitutive one that feeds those uncanny sensations that empower everything from science fiction, contemporary “Afrofuturism,” and the history of technology itself, which has not only been racialized in its effects but was produced in relationship to race. These intimacies between race and technology were born in the crucible of industrialization and slavery, and have helped establish what was called modernism as well as the assumptions of robotics and artificial intelligence.
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