International Women's Day event
With so many people in the world, why is loneliness and human disconnection one of the biggest problems facing modern society? Enter the ‘sex’ robots that are developed to be ‘companions’ to humans and substitutes. What has intimacy become, with the commercial sex trade informing people’s private intimate interactions more than ever before? Could we live a life without each other and with the machines?
Kathleen Richardson is professor of ethics and culture of robots and AI at De Montfort University. She studied social anthropology at the University of Cambridge where she began to study the making of robots and AI. She is author of An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines (2015) and Challenging Sociality: An Anthropology of Autism, Attachment and Robots (2018) and Sex Robots: The End of Love (forthcoming 2019). Kathleen is also founder of the Campaign Against Sex Robots which rejects the view that women and girls should be further seen as sexual property. Kathleen is an abolitionist and campaigns to end the commercial sex trade.