Abstract Mitch Vainstub 6 November 2019

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Title: Embodying Interaction: an ethnographic exploration of surgeons performing robotic-assisted surgery.


This talk focuses on Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) ethnographic research in the case study of surgical robots. Following cyborg anthropology, This work was dedicated to explore the experience of surgeons performing Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) using the da Vinci robotic system. I will be discussing anthropology, ethnographic research and my findings. Elaborating on the tension between ’interacting with’ a robot and feeling of ’being’ the robot. Concluding with a tension between analogue and digital technology.