BioRobotics: Surveillance and the automation of biological life

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer


New developments in state surveillance technologies and Biorobotics at Harvard University turn to nature, such as bees, with the goal of automating border control, labor, and to fill the vacuum of disappeared pollinating bees.  The turn to insects for use in Automated Intelligence (AI) relies on a racialized understanding of biology, and the body rather than the brain, as the mechanism for automated intelligence with consequences for revitalizing binary notions of primitive from rational intelligence, stripping humans as well as historical and social context from the violent causes and consequences of border governance, automated labor, and ecological disaster.


BioRobotics; Surveillance; Automation;

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