The Robots are here

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This chapter makes an argument for a shift in focus from the bias of human centricity to that of technology centricity in the analysis of technology driven actor networks. The ‘4 moments of translation’ is used as a reference model to explain the emergence of technology as a focal actor in contemporary actor networks. The implications of technology centric actor networks on the 4 moments of translations and the sociology of Translation are discussed in the chapter. The chapter posits that the current approach toward analyzing Sociology of Translation, using the 4 moments of translation might not sufficient to explain translations led by Super AI in future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Applications of Actor Network Theory
Number of pages25
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication dateSep 2020
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-7065-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-7066-7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020


  • Problematization
  • interesse
  • Interessement
  • enrolment
  • Mobilization
  • translation
  • moments of translation
  • Robot
  • Robots
  • OPP
  • Obligatory Passage Point
  • ANT
  • Actor Network Theory
  • focal actor
  • non human actor
  • actant
  • human actant
  • non human agency
  • agency
  • AI
  • Super AI


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