The Robot Intermediary: Mechanical Sociality and Autism

Abstract

The talk explores the use of social robots as therapeutic agents for helping children with autism. I explore the circulation and use of mechanical analogies to describe autism present in the practices of psychiatrists and autism experts and adopted by robotic scientists interested in developing robots as social agents and in developing robots as therapeutic agents. I propose that underscoring the model of the social is a mechanical sociality. Drawing on theories of human attachment, I explore how humans make other humans through the attachment process, staring in infancy but continuing throughout life. The talk is drawn from research conducted between 2009-2012 exploring the uses of robots for children with robots with autism.
Talk at DMU

Location GH4.72

Date(s) 28/01/2015 (13:00-14:00)

– See more at: DMU Technology Research Seminars

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