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Sophia Robot: Post Human Being (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

Sophia Robot: Post Human Being (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

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Publication Date: June 14th, 2024
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This book considers David Hanson's robots as a performative expression of our cultural moment, serving as a paradigm for the evolution of humanoid social robots.

Mechanical beings have occupied the human imagination since antiquity. Now, they inhabit the pop-cultural imagination, embodying the apotheosis of humanity's technological aspirations and dread. Sophia, Hanson's most advanced robot, anticipates the future as she articulates the mythic pattern, narrative, anxieties, and hopes as old as humanity. Gendered as an attractive female with a face inspired by Queen Nefertiti and Audrey Hepburn, Sophia is a cipher, avatar, and turning point that brings humanity and technology a step closer to the emergence of a post-human species. The author is a transdisciplinary artist/scholar/educator working internationally in experimental performance, indigenous performance (ritual, shamanism), and social robotics. Hanson's robots and Sophia are examined as performance media and events, as characters evolving as post-human narratives of technological beings. The emergent, complex, and collaborative relationships social robots have with technology, AI, performance, anthropology, mythology, psychology, sociology, popular culture, social media, politics, and economics are considered.

About the Author

Thomas Riccio, a performance creator, writer, and director, is a Visual and Performing Arts professor at the University of Texas at Dallas.