Professor Kathleen Richardson
Kathleen Richardson is Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI at De Montfort University, Leicester. She studied social anthropology at Cambridge University where she studied the making of social robots at MIT. Her work examines what it means to be human in the age of robots and AI and can machines replace intimate human relationships.
In 2015, along with a colleague, she founded the Campaign Against Sex Robots warning against the normalisation of the idea that women could be replaced with ‘sex-machines’. Since then her work has explored the kinds of robotics and AI that could develop if women’s humanity was recognised rather than fundamentally ignored. Kathleen has recently written a book entitled Sex Robots: The End of Love with Polity Press that is due for publication in March 2019.