Prof Kathleen Richardson

De Montfort University, Leicester

Kathleen Richardson is professor of ethics and culture of robots and AI at De Montfort University, Leicester. She is director of the Campaign Against Sex Robots and senior research fellow in Ethics of Robotics and part of the Europe-wide DREAM project (Development of Robot-Enhance Therapy for Children with AutisM). 

Prof Richardson completed her PhD at the Department of Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Her fieldwork was an investigation of the making of robots in labs at MIT. After her PhD she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (BAPDF) at University College London. Her postdoctoral work was an investigation into the therapeutic uses of robots for children with autism spectrum conditions. Prof Richardson wrote the books An Anthropology of Robots and AI: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines and Challenging Sociality? An Anthropology of Robots, Autism and Attachment. Her Discovery public lecture in November 2017 was entitled A Human Attachment Crisis: Can the Robots Save us?