Artefacts that talk: Mediating technologies as multistable signs and tools

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The article takes up the notion of artefacts as tools and signs and
discusses how socially assistive robots impact professional work life and professional
identities as multistable active change agents. It argues for a multistable understanding
of tools as signs, building on a combination of post-phenomenology and cultural–
historical activity theory to capture the embodied, cultural and historical learning
processes initiated when technologies engage with humans in professional work life.
Moreover, the article invokes the concept of relational agency as useful for capturing
how staff may question the distribution of expertise between humans and machines
Translated title of the contributionTalende artefakter : medierende teknologier som multistabile tegn og redskaber
Original languageEnglish
JournalSubjectivity
Volume6
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)79-100
Number of pages21
ISSN1755-6341
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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