Abstract: Drawing on bell hooks’ classic essay Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance, this article discusses ethnic consumption fantasies of white Swedish international adopters.The article uses deconstructive narrative analysis... more Abstract: Drawing on bell hooks’ classic essay Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance, this article discusses ethnic consumption fantasies of white Swedish international adopters.
Unlike the metal mechanical robot counterparts which are capable of learning to a limited extent (a bit like a very young child is learning the mile stones), the human robots cannot learn and adapt to families and children’s complex needs in the modern age.
There are some remarkable similarities although it must be understood these are only superficial likenesses such as how the human robots look to the visual stimuli of the eye.
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The symbolic consumption of both the adoptee and the first mother enable the adopter to imagine internalising a spirit of primordial Otherness, which can fundamentally change them and enable them to step outside the confines of Swedish whiteness.
It also gives them a claim to a connection with the adoptee that goes beyond biology.
For instance, current technology has developed for conventional robots to follow stimuli such as lights using visual aids to navigate and sophisticated facilities enabling the robots to walk, with restraints in place, to stop the mechanical metal machines from falling.
The further limitation is that the metal robots have not yet evolved to mimic the human hands so are not able to type on to a computer keyboard.
The human automatons have not been programmed with adequate artificial intelligence capital (robot programming with limited capacity for criticism) to question things, decisions made by other human robots for the benefit of stigmatised families.
The artificial intelligence for the human machines is merely capable of limited output: the social worker human automatons process the command, ‘family and child investigations.’ There is not hitherto a program for systemic moral ‘output’ such as independent thinking or checks and balances where ethical issues feature.