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This machine could bite: On the role of non-benign art robots

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posted on 2023-08-29, 14:22 authored by Paul GranjonPaul Granjon

The social robot's current and anticipated roles as butler, teacher, receptionist or carer for the elderly share a fundamental anthropocentric bias: they are designed to be benign, to facilitate a transaction that aims to be both useful to and simple for the human. At a time when intelligent machines are becoming a tangible prospect, such a bias does not leave much room for exploring and understanding the ongoing changes affecting the relation between humans and our technological environment. Can art robots – robots invented by artists – offer a non-benign-by-default perspective that opens the field for a machine to express its machinic potential beyond the limits imposed by an anthropocentric and market-driven approach? The paper addresses these questions by considering and contextualising early cybernetic machines, current developments in social robotics, and art robots by the author and other artists.


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Fibreculture Journal


Open Humanities Press




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Granjon, P. (2017). FCJ-208 This Machine Could Bite: On the Role of Non-Benign Art Robots. The Fibreculture Journal, (28: Creative Robotics).

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