Inter-human relationships are relationships among conscious agents, yet the advent of social robots raises a number of questions concerning consciousness and social interaction.
If, for example, robots are non-conscious beings engaging as social participants, how does this affect the way we understand 'sociality'?
In what ways can we best study how people experience robots designed to work in social settings? Will there be an inevitable drift towards over-anthropomorphism in the way we experience our social interactions with artificial agents?
And how can robots operating in such settings be designed so as to have a preponderance of positive over negative outcomes for human experience and social reality?
This workshop will cover these and other questions concerning sociality, consciousness and robotics.
This half-day workshop will be of interest to psychologists, philosophers, AI researchers and engineers concerned with the multidisciplinary issues raised by social robotics.
Please note a change in the start time
University of Sussex,
Professor Friederike Eyssel (Bielefeld)
Professor Margaret Boden (Sussex)
Other speakers include:
Professor Giulio Sandini (Genova)
Professor Antonio Chella (Palermo)
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