James Wright recently completed his PhD in anthropology/science and technology studies at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. His research focused on the development and implementation of care robots in Japan, and his broader interests include robotics, AI and algorithms, welfare technologies and public innovation policy.
His publications include “Tactile care, mechanical Hugs: Japanese caregivers and robotic lifting devices.” Asian Anthropology 17 (1): 1-16, 2018.
His research project as the 2019 CEAFJP/Michelin Fellow will utilise the case study of care robots in Japan to examine some of the most pressing questions in contemporary developed societies increasingly dominated by science and technology: why do public innovation policies succeed or fail? What factors between the creation of policy and its implementation, between the techno-imaginary and the reality of technology use, intervene to reconfigure and repurpose state ambitions of national innovation?