In this workshop, four researchers share their inquiries into intersections of care and technology, in particular, automation. Sarah Sharma takes current discussions of caring robots as an opportunity to highlight the already robotic forms of care and intimacy that comprise gendered commitments and forms of normativity tied to capital. Ian Roderick examines how social robots, programmed to intercede between therapist and patient in Autism Spectrum Disorder behavioural therapy, function as metaphors and mediators of caregiving. Amelia Abreu explores the meaning of the automation of care in a service-oriented economy. Imagining a future in which machines and not people are the last sentient entities a dying person will see before death, Marc Böhlen presents speculative designs for a “robot to die with.”
Workshop presented in partnership with and funded by the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
Date: Monday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology,
39A Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C3