Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots by Kate Devlin (Bloomsbury, UK). Order now.
Kate Devlin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London. Having begun her career as an archaeologist before moving into computer science, Kate's research is in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), investigating how people interact with and react to technology in order to understand how emerging and future technologies will affect us and the society in which we live.
Kate has become a driving force in the field of intimacy and technology, running the UK's first sex tech hackathon in 2016. In short, she has become the face of sex robots – quite literally in the case of one mis-captioned tabloid photograph. Her 2018 book, Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots, was praised for its writing and wit. She has written articles on the subject for New Scientist, Prospect and Sunday Times amongst others, featured on BBC Radios 1–5, guested on a wide range of podcasts (including an episode of NPR's Hidden Brain dedicated to her work) and made a number of TV appearances, TEDx talks and numerous other tech and philosophy events, festivals and comedy nights. She was probably the first person to say 'sex robots' in the House of Lords – in an official capacity, at least.
Kate has twice broken bones running marathons, has a fondness for swimming in cold water, and once drove from Ireland to Mongolia in a Nissan Micra.