Category Archives: robots

Science For the People: Exploring Artificial Intelligence

Science for the People is a syndicated radio show that focuses on science, popular culture, history, and public policy, and broadcasts across North America. I participated in a great panel of scientists, journalists and researchers to discuss Artificial Intelligence, organized by the show’s host Desiree Schell. Here is the episode’s description: Artificial Intelligence #348 This

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At the Kojo Nnamdi Show

I was invited to The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC, and was interviewed by guest host Todd Kliman. We talked about my book, Anatomy of a Robot, which he had read so carefully, and about the perennial appeal of robots and other artificial people! It was a great conversation, and wonderful experience

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Affect and machines in the media

My article on “Affect and Machines in the Media” was just published in The Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing, edited by Rafael A. Calvo, Sidney D’Mello, Jonathan Gratch, and Arvid Kappas. This essay discusses major cultural fantasies and preconceptions about machines and emotion, as these have been formed in science fiction literature, film, and popular

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io9: we come from the future!

I was online answering questions about robots on io9, and if you don’t know this website you really should check it out, it has such an irreverent and also knowledgeable approach to science fiction media and culture. Here is the link to the discussion, which took place on August 15, 2014, from 11 -12 Pacific

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My book is here! Anatomy of a Robot!

My new book, Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema and the Cultural Work or Artificial People has just come out from Rutgers University Press. It is so exciting to see this project come to fruition and the book looks beautiful. Here is some more information about this project. Description Why do we find artificial people

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“Robots and Slaves” Talk at UC Santa Cruz

I gave a talk recently at the Center for Cultural Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. It was a great honor to be invited to present my work, and the discussion after the talk was lively and inspiring, with faculty and students from the departments of Literature, History of Consciousness, Film &

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Anatomy of a Robot

Here is the cover of my forthcoming book! The image is from artist Jeremy Mayer, who creates these beautiful sculptures from recycled typewriter parts. He does not glue or solder them, he just disassembles the typewriters completely, and reassembles the parts in new organic configurations. Find out more about his work and his current projects

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