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Daniel White

Visiting Scholar, April 2021 - March 2022


Dr. Daniel White is a visiting scholar in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He earned his PhD in anthropology from Rice University and holds MA degrees in Japanese literature and international relations. Co-organizing an ethnographic research project called Model Emotion, he works across disciplines with anthropologists, psychologists, computer scientists and robotics engineers to trace and critique how theoretical models of emotion are built into machines with the capacity to evoke, read or even in a philosophical sense ‘have’ emotion in ways that foster care and wellbeing. His publications, podcasts, and other projects document how different cultural imaginaries, largely from Japan, are shaping diverse futures for artificial intelligence and can be found at

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