Enchanting Robots: Intimacy, Magic, And Technology

March 8, 2019|
Enchanting Robots: Intimacy, Magic, And Technology by Maciej Musia
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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.

Maciej MusiaÅ, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaÅ, Poland. He is interested in transformations of intimacy, new technologies and magical thinking.
Title:Enchanting Robots: Intimacy, Magic, And TechnologyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:159 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inShipping dimensions:159 pages, 8.27 X 5.83 X 0 inPublished:March 8, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030125785

ISBN - 13:9783030125783

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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