Surrogate Humanity
Surrogate Humanity
Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures
Neda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora



In Surrogate Humanity Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora trace the ways in which robots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies serve as surrogates for human workers within a labor system entrenched in racial capitalism and patriarchy. Analyzing myriad technologies, from sex robots and military drones to sharing-economy platforms, Atanasoski and Vora show how liberal structures of antiblackness, settler colonialism, and patriarchy are fundamental to human---machine interactions, as well as the very definition of the human. While these new technologies and engineering projects promise a revolutionary new future, they replicate and reinforce racialized and gendered ideas about devalued work, exploitation, dispossession, and capitalist accumulation. Yet, even as engineers design robots to be more perfect versions of the human—more rational killers, more efficient workers, and tireless companions—the potential exists to develop alternative modes of engineering and technological development in ways that refuse the racial and colonial logics that maintain social hierarchies and inequality.

Title Surrogate Humanity
Subtitle Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures
Authors Neda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora
Publisher Duke University Press
Title First Published 22 March 2019
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 256 p.
ISBN-10 1478003863
ISBN-13 9781478003861
Publication Date 22 March 2019
Main content page count 256
Weight 16 oz.
 


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