Its field of interest stretches from the critique of humanism and anthropocentrism (7), to roboethics and the evolution of the species, as it necessarily relates to Futures Studies.
Informed by Social Constructivism [ among other reflective frames, Posthumanism is aware of how science is a constitutive aspect of the human cultural domain, and shares its situated beliefs and inherited biases.
This article addresses the relation between gender, technology, embodiment and possible futures.
More specifically, it focusses on two questions: how are the epistemological approaches adopted in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, cyborg technologies and robotics, going to impact the futures of gender?
Actually, one could argue that a major input for such a reformulation came from the field of Physics, starting with the theory of general relativity [ However, at present, scientists and philosophers generally work separately on related subjects, only to meet each other in the battlefield of bioethics.
Reflecting on gender within a posthuman paradigm, I saw the need to create a dialogue with the researchers directly involved in designing some of the technological futures.
This is why it is particularly relevant to engage in how the futures are actually being conceived, and note whether they still hold sexist .
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, said: "Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed,"We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women," However, it seems there's a growing market for real-life sex dolls with one company already receiving thousands of orders.
The Roxxxy doll features customisable hair, eyes and skin colour.
The bizarre sexbot is so realistic she even has a heartbeat and circulatory system – thanks to sensors inside her uniquely configured body.
The perception of knowledge as a performative process constantly reshaping itself, radically differs from a fixed notion based on an objective reality that only needs to be discovered.
Such a processual perception of knowledge production was emphasized in the humanities through the postmodern shift, and has been differently engaged upon by the “hard” sciences.