The ethnography of robots
Heather Ford spoke with Stuart Geiger, PhD student at the UC Berkeley School of Information, about his emerging ideas about the ethnography of robots. â€œNot the ethnography of robotics (e.g. examining the humans who design, build, program, and otherwise interact with robots, which I and others have been doing),â€ wrote Geiger, â€œbut the ways in which bots themselves relate to the worldâ€. Geiger believes that constructing and relating an emic account of the non-human should be the ultimate challenge for ethnography but that heâ€™s getting an absurd amount of pushback from it.â€ He explains why in this fascinating account of what it means to study the culture of robots.