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date: 26 June 2022

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This chapter examines intersections between anthropology and robots and AI. Intelligence is not a neutral concept, but was developed to justify the subjugation of people on the basis of their sex, race, class, and ability. Indeed, the computer sciences and robotics have, for most of the twentieth century, continued to be fields that develop without fuller participation from women and people of color. As such, for AI scientists and roboticists, it will be necessary to take into account issues from the social sciences and humanities when constructing their technologies in order that prejudices, stereotypes, or structural inequalities are not reproduced in the life that follows from the developments of these technologies. Arguably, the rise of ethics of AI and robotics will create committees of stakeholders who will work together to reduce bias, stereotyping, and perpetual algorithmic inequality.

Keywords: anthropology, robotics, AI, computer sciences, racism, sexism, ethics of AI, bias, stereotyping, algorithmic inequality

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