Towards a Theory of Posthuman Care: Real Humans and Caring Robots

2020 | DeFalco, A.| Body and Society

This essay interrogates the common assumption that good care is necessarily human care. It looks to disruptive fictional representations of robot care to assist its development of a theory of posthuman care that jettisons the implied anthropocentrism of ethics of care philosophy but retains care’s foregrounding of entanglement, embodiment and obligation. 

Disability and the Posthuman: Bodies, Technology, and Cultural Futures

2020 | Murray, S | Liverpool University Press

Interest in the relationship between bodies and enhanced technologies has never been greater. Technological developments appear to suggest extraordinary interventions, from exoskeletons and neural implants to VR systems that creative virtual environments and explore early versions of telepresence.

Prosthesis and the Engineered Imagination

2019 | Murray, S. & Holt, R. | Medical Humanaties

In 2016 and 2017, Raymond Holt and Stuart Murray received funding from a British Academy APEX award to investigate relationships between the imagination/theorization and engineering of prosthetic technologies. This coincided with an ongoing Wellcome Trust project that focused on body augmentation and posthumanism, and the two opportunities allowed us to bring together our ideas on how to engineer (using the word as both an imagined creation and physical process) prosthetics.

A Systematic Review of Attitudes, Anxiety, Acceptance, and Trust Towards Social Robots

2020 | Naneva, S., Sarda Gou, M., Webb, T.L. et al. | International Journal of Social Robotics

As social robots become more common, there is a need to understand how people perceive and interact with such technology. This systematic review seeks to estimate people’s attitudes toward, trust in, anxiety associated with, and acceptance of social robots; as well as factors that are associated with these beliefs. 

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Disability as Malleability: The Prosthetic Metaphor, Merleau-Ponty and the Case of Aimee Mullins

2020 | Dolezal, L. | In: D. Butnaru, ed., Medial Bodies Between Fiction and Faction. Transcript Verlag

The trope of the prosthesis has become commonplace in philosophy, cultural theory, and posthuman discourse, utilized by scholars who are concerned with the human body’s porous and malleable nature when it comes to its interaction with tools and technology. Surpassing its meaning in a medical context of an artificial limb or implement which is attached to the body in order to restore or replace a bodily lack due to illness, defect, accident, or disability, prosthesis has come to signify augmentation, enhancement and a posthuman fascination with cyborg bodies.