Document Type

Presentation

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

5.4 SOCIOLOGY, 5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, 6. HUMANITIES

Publication Details

Poster presentation at the Communicating with Machines, ICA post-conference in Fukuoka, Japan. 14 June 2016.

Abstract

This presentation identifies, and attempts to explain, a lack of diversity in the way that cinema and television science fiction represents robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). Through a qualitative content analysis of recent film and television portrayals, it is argued, that a limited and limiting vision predominates. This dominant form of representation is, in turn, a by-product of screen entertainment's need to allow audiences' s to psychologically identify with characters. This industrial constraint may hamper discussion and debate around technological possibilities and their relationship with society.

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