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Robots and gender - Economic progress

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 04 August 2010

Prosperity is accused of encouraging greed, ruining the environment, undermining communities, causing unhappiness and widening social inequalities. The push for growth has been the bedrock policy for almost every world economy but since the financial crisis, belief in growth has become increasingly challenged. Daniel Ben-Ami, takes on what he calls the 'growth sceptics' and makes the claim that more affluence benefits the whole of society. He discusses the 'glories of growth' with Laurie Taylor and Kevin Doogan on Thinking Allowed on 4 August.

Also, the rise of the 'fembot'. The Japanese government is investing billions in the development of robotic technology. They think the robot will do for the 21st century economy what the automobile did for the 20th. However, Jennifer Robertson thinks that as female robots are developed to perform some of the functions traditionally performed by women, it bodes ill for the future of Japanese society.

Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

    Gendering Humanoid Robots: Robo-Sexism in Japan
    Body Society June 2010 vol. 16 no. 2 1-36
    doi: 10.1177/1357034X10364767

    Find out more about Jennifer Robertson
  • Daniel Ben-Ami

    Daniel Ben-Ami, Journalist and editor of Fund Strategy, a weekly magazine on investment funds and financial markets

    Ferraris for All: In defence of Economic Progress
    Publisher: Policy Press
    ISBN-10: 1847423469
    ISBN-13: 978-1847423467

    Find out more about Daniel Ben-Ami
  • Kevin Doogan

    Kevin Doogan, Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy Studies at the University of Bristol

    New Capitalism? The Transformation of Work
    Publisher: Polity Press
    ISBN-10: 0745633250
    ISBN-13: 978-0745633251

    Find out more about Kevin Doogan


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