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Are We (Becoming) Anthrobots? A Public Roundtable
Tue 21 March 2017, 18:55 – 20:00 CET
According to roboticist Rodney Brooks, the distinction between us and robots is going to disappear in the next decades (Robot: The Future of Flesh and Machine, 2002). According to Darpa's recent director Arati Prabhakar, the merging between humans and machines is happening now.
If so, are we prepared for such a union? How is the ongoing development and deployment of AI and social robots inducing changes in our lives and societies? The Anthrobotics Cluster at the University of Edinburgh was created in 2016 to reflect on these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective (humanities, social sciences, informatics, robotics, genetics, engineering, law, medicine, science and technology studies, etc.).
Could it be for example that the anthrobotic unity is in fact older than we think? Are we anthrobots?
This public roundtable will coincide with the 2017 European Robotics Forum in Edinburgh (www.erf2017.eu).
Amit Kumar Pandey, Head Principal Scientist at Softbank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran).
Yvonne Rogers, Professor and Director of UCL Interaction Centre
Migle Laukyte, CONEX-Marie Curie Fellow, Private Law Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Michael Rovatsos, Director of the Centre for Intelligent Systems at the University of Edinburgh.
Ram Ramamoorthy, Executive Comittee Member of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.
Martin Crowley, philosopher, Cambridge University.
Johanna Seibt, philosopher, social robotics, robophilosophy, Aarhus University, DK.
David Mellor, cybersecurity theorist, Oxford University.
Chair: Luis de Miranda, Initiator of the Anthrobotics Cluster and Director of the CRAG at the University of Edinburgh.
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