Robophilosophy 2018 - Aarhus University
February 16th, 2018
"Hegemonic Bipedalism: Cultures of Robotic Exoskeletons in Japan and the United States"
This paper explores the types of bodies privileged and enhanced by the makers of robotic exoskeletons and the premium placed on bipedalism. Differences and similarities, and areas of overlap, in the wearable robotics industries in Japan and the United States are explored along with comparisons of products aimed at local and global consumers. Interrogations about dominant constructions of bodies and mobility from disability rights activists provide critical perspectives on the robotic exoskeleton industry.