Are Sex Robots as Bad as Killing Robots?
Lecture by Dr. Kathleen Richardson, Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR), DMU
In 2015 the Campaign Against Sex Robots was launched to draw attention to the technological production of new kinds of objects: sex robots of women and children. Are sex robots really an innocuous contribution to the robotics industry and human relations that we should not worry about? And to what extent would challenging sex robots threaten male power and sexuality with males the primary buyers of women and children’s bodies? Robotics and AI are fields overwhelming dominated by men, how does the politics of gender shape what technologies are considered ethically problematic or permissible?
In this talk Dr Kathleen Richardson will propose her new approach to studying the development of robot technologies, which she calls 'Property Relations'. In property relations, persons are treated as things (as property) and things (robots and AI) are treated as persons. She is developing an anti-slavery feminist (abolitionist feminist) critique of contemporary narratives of robots, AI and ethics.
The lecture will be followed by an open discussion about AI, robots, representations in science fiction, and the ethical dilemmas raised by new technologies.
12 December 2016: 09:00 – 12:00, Location: TBC
Complimentary breakfast and hot drinks.