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Androids as Significant Others

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The objective of this project is to explore the potential of fundamental human constraints as design principles for android robotics. Going against engineering intuition, it will be hypothesized that the emulation of human limitations by ultra-realistic humanlike robotic platforms directly augments the vitality of human–robot interaction (HRI). The project will provide a phenomenological analysis of constitutive human constraints (e.g. uniqueness, finitude) and examine their effect on intersubjective interaction. Based on these findings it will derive concrete parameters to be emulated by android robotic applications, empirically test the developed theory in a pilot study, and pursue a design patent application. 

The ANOTHER project is embedded in the Research Unit for Robophilosophy (R.U.R) at Aarhus University. and funded by Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities. PI: Marco Nørskov

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2019.11.13 | Conference, ANOTHER, ISOR, TRANSOR, PENSOR

Cfp Robophilosphy conference 2020: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics

2017.05.24 | Research news, ANOTHER, ISOR, TRANSOR

CfP for SI: Social Robots and Recognition: Socio-Ontological, (Machine-)Ethical, and Socio-Political Trajectories

We invite authors to submit original research papers—conceptual as well as empirical— that explore the role and potentials of social robots in relation to recognition. As social robotics is a truly interdisciplinary field, contributions from all disciplines are encouraged (for example: psychology, anthropology, engineering, sociology, media…

Upcoming events

Tue 18 Aug
10:38-10:38 | Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark)
Robophilosophy conference: Culturally Sustainable Social Robotics
Once we place so-called ‘social robots’ into the social practices of our everyday lives and lifeworlds, we create complex, and possibly irreversible, interventions in the physical and semantic spaces of human culture and sociality. The long-term socio-cultural consequences of these interventions is currently impossible to gauge. While the use of ‘social’ robots in service functions, i.e. within the care-, education-, and entertainment sector, promises great economic gain, it also potentially infringes upon ethical, epistemic, existential, and other socio-cultural core values.