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Intimate technologies: The ethics of simulated relationships

Intimate technologies: The ethics of simulated relationships

Pitsillides, Stacey ORCID: 0000-0003-0961-5370 and Jefferies, Janis (2016) Intimate technologies: The ethics of simulated relationships. In: ISEA2016, Cultural R>Evolution. Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art . School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-962-442-397-6

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This paper considers the complex relationship between ethics and social technologies. It is particularly concerned with what it means to be intimate or share ideas of intimacy with robots and avatars. Looking to the world of theatre and situating our ethical framework within two specific plays we are able to examine new technological narratives that inspire critical reflection on our current and future relationships, sexual taboos and ethical practices. It also poses the question of the role of the arts in preparing society for large technological and social shifts that challenge what we might think of current norms and values, noting that the shifts are not gender free. This allows us to open up to new ideas and modes of being that play with the boundaries of what it means to be intimate, including the entanglement of notions of vulnerability, immersion and control.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: ISEA2016, Cultural R>Evolution
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics, Robots, Technological Intimacy, Vulnerability, Science Fiction
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Digital Arts Research & Enterprise
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 12:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None

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