Chris Chesher is Senior Lecturer in Digital Cultures in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His research interests address digital media technologies in their cultural and historical contexts from the perspective of transdisciplinary media studies and cultural studies. He has published on mining robotics as media technologies, the robotic moment with Furby memes on YouTube, social robots and Bateson’s metacommunication and Mindstorms robots through Simondon’s mechanology. His current research interests include social and cultural robotics, smart home/smart city and the theory of computers as invocational media.
Articles‘Soul mate’ says the title. A man and a woman appear in red silhouette, gazing into each other’s eyes, connected by outstretched hands. A love heart fills the gap between them. But this is not a dating website. It is the e-commerce site for Emma the sex robot (sexbot). The manufacturer Shenzen All Intelligent Technology Co. (AI-Tech) promises that Emma is a “real...Read more