gods and robots

Somehow this one has escaped my attention till today—unfortunately some paywall, moving wall, system bug, or whatyouhave bars my access to it, although my university has subscribed to that publication and pays for the access. Anyhow, it goes together well with the new gods. Here’s the abstract of Vidal’s article:

Since the 1980s, a new area of research entitled HRI (Human-Robot Interaction) has been emerging in the field of robotic studies. It focuses on the empirical study of the relationship between robots and human beings. This article aims to contrast the findings of roboticists concerning the interaction between humans and robots with anthropological studies which focus on the ritual interaction between gods and humans in specific religious contexts. This idea may seem provocative, but it is argued here that such a comparison can yield valuable insights both at a theoretical level and at an empirical one. This will be demonstrated with reference to ritual interactions between humans and gods in the Western Himalayas.

VIDAL, DENIS. 2007. Anthropomorphism or sub-antropomorphism? An anthropological approach to gods and robots. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13(4): 917-933.
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  • New fields in UX | UX Collective Thursday, 27th October 2011 at 02:34

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