Lucy Suchman

Lucy Suchman is a Professor of the Anthropology of Science and Technology at Lancaster University in the UK. Before taking up her present post she was a Principal Scientist at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where she spent twenty years as a researcher. During this period she became widely recognized for her critical engagement with artificial intelligence (AI), as well as her contributions to a deeper understanding of both the essential connections and the profound differences between humans and machines.


Recent Posts by: Lucy Suchman


Unpriming the pump: Remystifications of AI at the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Front Page, News, Opinion

Posted on 08 April 2018

*Originally published on the “Robot Futures Blog” In the lead up to the next meeting of the CCW’s Group of Governmental Experts at the United Nations April 9-13th in Geneva, the UN’s Institute for Disarmament Research has issued a briefing paper titled The Weaponization of Increasingly Autonomous Technologies: Artificial Intelligence. Designated a primer for CCW […] Continue Reading

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The vagaries of ‘precision’ in targeted killing


Posted on 29 June 2012

Reposted from Robot Futures Two recent events highlight the striking contrast between the Obama administration’s current policy regarding the use of armed drones as part of the U.S. ‘Counterterrorism Strategy,’ and those who challenge that strategy’s legality and morality. The first is the Drone Summit held on April 28-29th in Washington, D.C., co-organized by activist group CodePink, […] Continue Reading

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