Kathleen Richardson

Kathleen Richardson

Kathleen Richardson is a Professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI and De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

She completed her PhD at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Kathleen’s fieldwork was an investigation of the making of robots in labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After her PhD she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, a position she held at the University College London. Kathleen’s postdoctoral work was an investigation into the therapeutic uses of robots for children with autism spectrum conditions.

In 2015 she, along with her colleague launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots to draw attention to problematic effects on new technologies on human relations, and their potential impact to create new layers of inequalities between men and women and adults and children. She advocates a compassionate and violence free technology based on and is critical of coercive and violent models of human lived life that are transferred to the making of new technologies. Richardson's theory of robotics is shaped by abolitionist feminist and narratives of anti-slavery.