Robots and ethics: the future of sex | Kathleen Richardson | TEDxULB

The world’s most advanced sex dolls will soon be able to talk and think but we might have to think a little bit further and ask ourselves the question: Are Sex Robots ethics?
At least that’s the question Kathleen Richardson raises as ‘anti-sexbot campaigner’. We have to ensure that robotics develops ethically and that we do not reproduce inequalities with their development that could further reinforce disturbing human lived experiences.

Kathleen Richardson is Senior Research Fellow in Ethics of Robotics and part of the Europe-wide DREAM project (Development of Robot-Enhance Therapy for Children with AutisM).
Kathleen completed her PhD at the Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her fieldwork was an investigation of the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kathleen’s postdoctoral work was an investigation into the therapeutic uses of robots for children with autism spectrum conditions. In 2013, she was part of the Digital Bridges Project, an innovative AHRC funded technology and arts collaboration between Watford Palace Theatre and the University of Cambridge.
Kathleen’s first manuscript on robots is “An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines”. She is now working on her second manuscript exploring metaphors of machines, robots, computing, social networking and autism spectrum conditions.

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