What happens when you give a robot a human appearance, then when you cross your eyes? Around this question gravitate the various contributions to this issue of the journal Gradhiva.
Developing a comparative anthropology of artificial creatures in their diversity (automatons of ancient India to the latest creations of the market for sex toys, through the Japanese puppets), the authors of the file consider these moments of interaction that force the man , confronted with its own image, to establish a new relationship with objects that resemble it and that can cause both discomfort and empathy. To do this, they strive to free humanoid robotics from the prophetic discourses that often accompany it in order to better grasp contemporary issues, notably by means of a precise ethnography of laboratory practices.
In its interdisciplinary perspective, the journal Gradhiva brings with it an unprecedented contribution to the study of anthropomorphic machines.