Social Robots

In the last few sessions, we had lively conversations on the ethics and politics of automated decision making systems, and the roles of humans in them. This week, and following interest by several participants, we will be discussing what happens when computing acquires embodied and affective characteristics. We have two exciting readings on social robots by Matthias Scheutz and Sherry Turkle that we trust will make for good discussion:
— Scheutz, Matthias (2009) The Inherent Dangers of Unidirectional Emotional Bonds between Humans and Social Robots. Robot ethics: The ethical and social implications of robotics (pdf file)
— Turkle, Sherry (2006) A nascent robotics culture: New complicities for companionship. Online article (pdf file)

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