Below the Radar
Below the Radar
Oct 20, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, Sexbots and Patipolitics — with Isabel Millar
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Philosopher, cultural theorist, and author of The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Isabel Millar joins Am Johal to speak about the psychoanalytical questions of AI and subjectivity. They talk about how Isabel’s work draws from Jacques Lacan, the importance of considering sexuality and the body in conversations about AI, and acknowledging how intelligence is a dynamic concept that changes throughout history.

Isabel draws from the film Ex Machina to consider the positioning of sexuality; and Blade Runner 2049 to pose deeply psychoanalytic questions revolving around the query ‘can AI be human?’ She also criticizes the development of AI for its disclusion of the Humanities disciplines, and speaks about her concept of patipolitics and how it relates to sexbots and the ethics of enjoyment and suffering.

Episode page:

— The Psychoanalysis of Artificial Intelligence:
— The Palgrave Lacan Series:
— Isabel’s website:
— Isabel on Twitter:
— AI and the Patipolitical Body, to be released in 2022
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