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Dr. Simon Kow talks Asian robots and automaton lectures with Global TV

Dr. Simon Kow talks Asian robots and automaton lectures with Global TV

Dr. Simon Kow was on Global TV Halifax this morning talking about Asian Robots & Orientalism in advance of his March 7 lecture that’s part of King’s Automatons public lecture series.

Speaking about perceptions of East Asian robots in popular culture, Simon told journalist Andrea Dion, “There’s been a kind of long-standing fascination with robots in East Asian cultures. It goes back several centuries. But it’s also interesting to note that some have argued that a belief in spirits or animism—the idea that objects might have souls—might be a reason that East Asians, particularly Japanese culture, regards robots as potentially benevolent or as not-so-separate from us.”

You can check out video and catch the remaining lectures in our Automatons series by checking out the full schedule here.


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