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5.4 SOCIOLOGY, 5.8 MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS, 6. HUMANITIES
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.
Brennan, E. 2016. 'Why does film and television sci-fi tend to portray machines as being human?' Poster Presentation. Communicating with Machines, ICA post-conference. Fukuoka. 14 June 2016.