Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility publications

Book: An Anthropology of Robots and AI

This book explores the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It examines the cultural ideas that go into the making of robots, and the role of fiction in co-constructing the technological practices of the robotic scientists. The book engages with debates in anthropological theorising regarding the way that robots are reimagined as intelligent, autonomous and social and weaved into lived social realities. Richardson charts the move away from the “worker” robot of the 1920s to the “social” one of the 2000s, as robots are reimagined as companions, friends and therapeutic agents.

Book: Sex Robots: The End of Love

There are more ways of connecting and communicating via technology than ever before. Yet loneliness is on the rise as we begin to experience an 'attachment crisis' in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. Enter sex robots. Built from the bodies of sex dolls, they are created to help humans - particularly men - cope with our inability to connect. In this bold and trenchant critique, Kathleen Richardson explores important questions surrounding this emerging technology. What does the rise of sex robots tell us about the way that women and girls are imagined? To what extent are porn, prostitution and child sexual exploitation driving the attachment crisis?

The author argues that sex robots are produced within a framework of 'property relations' - in which egocentric Man (and his disconnection from Woman) shapes the building of robots and AI. Can this tide of destruction and disconnection be turned, and what would a revolution for the love of humanity look like? Presenting a passionate case for the abolition of practices that cast women as property, Sex Robots: The End of Love is essential reading for students and scholars of robot ethics, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy of technology, sociology and related fields, as well as anyone concerned for the future of human relationships.

Other selected publications

 

Intersectional observations of the Human Brain Project’s approach to sex and gender

Fothergill, T., W.Knight, B.C.Stahl and I.Ulnicane (2019) Intersectional observations of the Human Brain Project’s approach to sex and gender. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 17(2) doi: 10.1108/JICES-11-2018-0091

 

Beyond Research Ethics: Dialogues in Neuro-ICT Research

Stahl BC, Akintoye S, Fothergill BT, Guerrero M, Knight W and Ulnicane I (2019) Beyond Research Ethics: Dialogues in Neuro-ICT Research. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 13:105. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00105

 

Responsible Data Governance of Neuroscience Big Data. Front. Neuroinform

Fothergill BT, Knight W, Stahl BC and Ulnicane I (2019) Responsible Data Governance of Neuroscience Big Data. Front. Neuroinform. 13:28. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2019.00028

 

A Critical Perspective of Engagement in Online Health Communities

Hur, I.; Cousins, K. & Stahl, B. C. (2019): "A Critical Perspective of Engagement in Online Health Communities" In: European Journal of Information Systems (), https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0960085X.2019.1620477

 

The Human Brain Project: Responsible Brain Research for the Benefit of Society

Salles, A., Bjaalie, J.G., Evers, K., Farisco, M., Fothergill, B.T., Guerrero, M., Maslen, H., Muller, J., Prescott, T., Stahl, B.C., Walter, H., Zilles, K., Amunts, K., (2019). The Human Brain Project: Responsible Brain Research for the Benefit of Society. Neuron 101(3), 380–384. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2019.01.005

 

ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Gotterbarn, D., Brinkman, B., Flick, C., Kirkpatrick, M. S., Miller, K., Vazansky, K., Wolf, M. J. (2018) ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


ACM code of ethics: a guide for positive action
Gotterbarn, D. et al. (2018) ACM code of ethics: a guide for positive action. Communications of the ACM, 61(1), pp.121–128.


Dynamic Technology Challenges Static Codes of Ethics
Brinkman, B. et al. (2017) Dynamic Technology Challenges Static Codes of Ethics. Orbit Journal, 1(2).


Exploring simulated game worlds: Ethics in the No Man’s Sky Archaeological Survey
Flick, C., Dennis, L. M. and Reinhard, A. (2017) Exploring simulated game worlds: Ethics in the No Man’s Sky Archaeological Survey. The ORBIT Journal, 1 (2).


Listening to professional voices: draft 2 of the ACM code of ethics and professional conduct
Brinkman, B., Flick, C., Gotterbarn, D., Miller, K., Vazansky, K., Wolf, M.J. (2017) Listening to professional voices: draft 2 of the ACM code of ethics and professional conduct. Communications of the ACM, 60 (5), pp. 105–111


Chickens in Video Games: Archaeology and ethics inform upon complex relationships
Fothergill, B.T. and Flick, C. (2017) Chickens in Video Games: Archaeology and ethics inform upon complex relationships. In: Mol, A.A.A., Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke, C.E., Boom, K.H.J., Politopoulos, A. (Eds.), The Interactive Past: Archaeology, Heritage, and Video Games. Sidestone Press, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Ethics of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies - On the implementation of RRI
Stahl, B.C., Timmermans, J. and Flick, C (2016) Ethics of Emerging Information and Communication Technologies - On the implementation of RRI. Science and Public Policy, 44 (3), pp. 369-381


Informed consent and the Facebook emotional manipulation study
Flick, C. (2016) Informed consent and the Facebook emotional manipulation study. Research Ethics, 12 (1) pp. 14-28


Ask an ethicist: reflections on an engagement technique for industry
Flick, C. (2016) Ask an ethicist: reflections on an engagement technique for industry. ACM SIGCAS Newsletter 45 (3), pp. 301-305


The ethics of human-chicken relationships in video games
Fothergill, B. T. and Flick, C. (2016) The ethics of human-chicken relationships in video games. ACM SIGCAS Newsletter 45 (3), pp. 100-108


Ethics and Privacy in AI and Big Data: Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation
Stahl, B.C. and Wright, D. (2018) Ethics and Privacy in AI and Big Data: Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation . IEEE Security and Privacy, 16 (3)


Responsible Research in IT
Nulli, M., Stahl, B., Holter, C. T., and de Heaver, M. (2018) Responsible Research in IT. ITNOW, 60(2), pp.14–15.


The Role of Ethics in the Data Governance of Large Neuro-ICT Projects
Stahl, BC., Rainey, S., Harris, E. and Fothergill, B.T. (2018) The Role of Ethics in the Data Governance of Large Neuro-ICT Projects. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 25 (8), pp. 1099-1107


Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry—Challenges, Insights and Perspectives
Martinuzzi, A., Blok, V., Brem, A., Stahl, B., and Schönherr, N. (2018) Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry—Challenges, Insights and Perspectives. Sustainability, 10(3), 702.


Accompanying technology development in the Human Brain Project: From foresight to ethics management
Aicardi, C., Fothergill, B.T., Rainey, S., Stahl, B. and Harris, E. (2018) Accompanying technology development in the Human Brain Project: From foresight to ethics management. Futures, 102, pp. 114-124


Philosophy and Information Systems: Where are We and Where Should We Go?
Hassan, N. Mingers, J. and Stahl, BC. (2018) Philosophy and Information Systems: Where are We and Where Should We Go?. European Journal of Information Systems


Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation for Care Robots through BS 8611
Stahl, B. C. (2018) Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation for Care Robots through BS 8611. In: Bendler, O. (ed.) Pflegeroboter, Springer


An Investigation into Risk Perception in the ICT Industry as a Core Component of Responsible Research and Innovation
Chatfield, K., Borsella, E., Mantovani, E., Porcari, A., and Stahl, B. C. (2017) An Investigation into Risk Perception in the ICT Industry as a Core Component of Responsible Research and Innovation. Sustainability, 9 (8), 1424


The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model: Linking Theory and Practice
Stahl, B. C., Obach, M., Yaghmaei, E., Ikonen, V., Chatfield, K., and Brem, A. (2017) The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model: Linking Theory and Practice. Sustainability, 9 (6), 1036


The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model: Linking Theory and Practice
Stahl, B. C. et al. (2017) The Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Maturity Model: Linking Theory and Practice. Sustainability, 9 (6), pp. 1036


Is Information Systems a Science? Rejoinder to Five Commentaries
McBride, N. (2018) Is Information Systems a Science? Rejoinder to Five Commentaries. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 43 , Article 15.


Is Information Systems a Science?
McBride, N.(2018) Is Information Systems a Science?. Communications of the Association of Information Systems (in Press)


Bridging the Ethical Gap: From Human Principles to Robot Instructions
McBride,N. and Hoffman, R.R. (2016) Bridging the Ethical Gap: From Human Principles to Robot Instructions. IEEE Intelligent Systems, 31 (5), pp. 76-82


The Ethics of Driverless Cars
McBride,N. (2016) The Ethics of Driverless Cars. ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society, 45 (3), pp. 179-184


The Application of an Extended Hierarchy Theory in Understanding Complex Organizational Situations: The Case of FIReControl
McBride, N. (2015) The Application of an Extended Hierarchy Theory in Understanding Complex Organizational Situations: The Case of FIReControl. Systems Research and Behavioural Science, 33 (3), pp. 413-436


Virtuous Business Intelligence
McBride,N. (2015) Virtuous Business Intelligence. International Journal of Business Intelligence Research, 6 (2)


The Ethical Implications of Personal Health Monitoring
Mittlestadt,B., Fairweather,B., Shaw,M. and McBride,N. (2014) The Ethical Implications of Personal Healthcare Monitoring. International Journal of Technoethics, 5 (2), pp. 37-60.


Developing Responsible Research and Innovation for Robots
McBride, N. and Stahl,B. (2014) Developing Responsible Research and Innovation for Robots. Proceedings of the IEEE 2014 International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, p. 27


Business Intelligence in Magazine Distribution
McBride,N. (2014) Business Intelligence in Magazine Distribution. International Journal of Information Management, 34 (1). pp. 58-62


ACTIVE Ethics: An Information Systems Ethics for the Information Age
McBride, N. (2014) ACTIVE ethics: an information systems ethics for the internet age. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 12 (1), pp. 21 - 44

 
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