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“Taming Our Machines:” Race and America’s Robots, 1790-2010
August 14, 2013
Dr. Dustin Abnet, PhD, Indiana University, and Visiting Professor, Grand Valley State University.
Dr. Dustin Abnet uses the history of robots and automata to explain changes in how Americans imagined the relationship between race and technology from the late 18th century to the present. Examining exhibition automata, toy catalogs, science and engineering periodicals, films, and other sources, he shows how imagining robots in the forms of different types of people helped Americans address the tensions created by the rise of industrial capitalism and the emergence of modern science and technology.