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Robo sapiens japanicusRobots, Gender, Family, and the Japanese Nation$
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Jennifer Robertson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283190

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283190.001.0001

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Embodiment and Gender

Embodiment and Gender

(p.80) 4 Embodiment and Gender
Robo sapiens japanicus

Jennifer Robertson

University of California Press

In humans and humanoid robots alike, gender—femininity and masculinity—constitutes an array of learned behaviors that are cosmetically and sartorially enabled and enhanced. In humans, these behaviors are both socially and historically shaped, but they are also contingent upon many situational influences, including individual choices. Chapter 4 explores the gender dynamics informing the design and embodiment of artificial intelligence (AI) and robots, especially humanoids. It is argued that advanced technology does not necessarily promote social progress but rather, as in this case, is deployed to reinforce conservative models of gender roles and family structures.

Keywords:   robots, humanoids, embodiment, artificial intelligence, gender attribution, sex-gender system, family structure

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