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Culture Lab and Lab Culture: How to Observe Culture Emerge in a Group of Interacting Robots?

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It is a given that culture is used as a conceptual tool to distinguish difference between groups of people, but what happens when it is used to highlight similarities and differences in unexpected ways? Not only between people but also between different kinds of subjects and objects which may become redefined in the process of scientific practice. Although there is much discrepancy over what culture actually consists, one can conclude that it is mostly seen to be something of human property, a sort of defining characteristic of what it means to be human. What I would like to do in this paper is to explore the implication of a shift in the framework, from the human to the nonhuman, by looking at the search for culture in a robotic society. I shall do this by considering alternative paradigms of culture and how these are incorporated into a specific case of science in practice – a project titled, ‘The Emergence of Artificial Culture in Robot Societies’ based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UK). Taking leave from data collected through doing an ethnographic study on the project, I shall elaborate on some of the consequences of adopting different understandings of culture for the project, and the implicated subjects and objects. I shall argue that culture is constructed by the many attempts to (re)define it in the process of scientific practice. Through this we enter another contribution the project makes to Science and Technology Studies. On the one hand I argue that notions and concepts such as culture get redefined in the process of scientific practice. On the other hand the project works with a predefined notion of culture which suggests that, if only we have a more robust science which dodges the practical difficulties of doing science, away from the mysterious things of meaning and ideology, we are able to build in the facility for robots to create something akin to the chosen notion of culture. I would like to explore how these two different ways of going about looking at the emergence of culture in robot societies actually work together and create an emergent, performative way of doing science and conceptual work.
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Hoareau, Carissa. "Culture Lab and Lab Culture: How to Observe Culture Emerge in a Group of Interacting Robots?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, VA, Oct 28, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p374133_index.html>

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Hoareau, C. L. , 2009-10-28 "Culture Lab and Lab Culture: How to Observe Culture Emerge in a Group of Interacting Robots?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Crystal City, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p374133_index.html

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Abstract: It is a given that culture is used as a conceptual tool to distinguish difference between groups of people, but what happens when it is used to highlight similarities and differences in unexpected ways? Not only between people but also between different kinds of subjects and objects which may become redefined in the process of scientific practice. Although there is much discrepancy over what culture actually consists, one can conclude that it is mostly seen to be something of human property, a sort of defining characteristic of what it means to be human. What I would like to do in this paper is to explore the implication of a shift in the framework, from the human to the nonhuman, by looking at the search for culture in a robotic society. I shall do this by considering alternative paradigms of culture and how these are incorporated into a specific case of science in practice – a project titled, ‘The Emergence of Artificial Culture in Robot Societies’ based at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (UK). Taking leave from data collected through doing an ethnographic study on the project, I shall elaborate on some of the consequences of adopting different understandings of culture for the project, and the implicated subjects and objects. I shall argue that culture is constructed by the many attempts to (re)define it in the process of scientific practice. Through this we enter another contribution the project makes to Science and Technology Studies. On the one hand I argue that notions and concepts such as culture get redefined in the process of scientific practice. On the other hand the project works with a predefined notion of culture which suggests that, if only we have a more robust science which dodges the practical difficulties of doing science, away from the mysterious things of meaning and ideology, we are able to build in the facility for robots to create something akin to the chosen notion of culture. I would like to explore how these two different ways of going about looking at the emergence of culture in robot societies actually work together and create an emergent, performative way of doing science and conceptual work.


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