Talks 2016

JANUARY

Title: CHALLENGING INTIMACY? CAN ROBOTS REPLACE HUMANS AS INTIMATE PARTNERS (Academic)

There is a growing community of roboticist researchers that are designing machines to be the ‘direct-object’ of a relation, replacing absent humans in areas of companionship, friendship and sex. This talk will explore how intimacy, and what it means to be in relationship with other humans, is changing as a result of new digital social networks, social robots and Artificial Intelligence.

DMU, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences , Reproduction Research Group

De Montfort University, Leicester, Edith Murphy building, room 4.08 12-1.30pm, 27th January 2016

FEBRUARY

Future Debates Event (public engagement)

with Prof Kevin Warwick

Monday 15th February 2016, 7.30pm

Reading International Solidarity Centre, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS
http://risc.org.uk/contact

MARCH

Title: Attachment Theor(ies) & Empathy: The Ethics of the Human in Sex and Love with Robots (Academic)

Abstract: This talk explores how humans form Attachments to other humans and considers these theories in light of arguments that propose that robots are becoming more advanced to take on the role intimate human roles, particularly as loving or sexual partners. Attachment Theories are a species-specific theory of how bonds are formed in the human species. I put the discussion of relational robots in a wider sphere of neoliberal philosophies of consumption, which at its core proposes that humans needs, wants and desires can be met by material things, a robot as a material thing decorated by human qualities. I also examine the model of ‘relationship’ that acts as the backdrop to the possibilities of humans having sex with machines. I propose there are radical ontological differences between humans and machines and reading one in light of the other is potentially harmful and destructive to culture.

ETHICAL AND MORAL CONSIDERATIONS IN NON-HUMAN AGENTS
A symposium within AAAI Spring 2016 Symposia series, March 21-23, 2016, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (USA) vis skype

APRIL

 

Title: Why I’m Not a Cyborg
Abstract: It is over 30 years since feminist theoretician Donna Haraway published her Cyborg Manifesto writing ‘A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction. Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction’.* It is not just feminists who made use of the cyborg imagery, posthumanists, transhumanists and robotic scientists all point to the cyborg age – ‘We’re all cyborgs now!’ they declare. As people are connected with old and new technologies have we really lost the capacity to formulate an argument for what it means to be human? In this talk I will explore these issues by drawing on anthropology and robotics.
http://faculty.georgetown.edu/irvinem/theory/Haraway-CyborgManifesto-1.pdf

Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS)
University of Sussex, Tuesday, 5th April, 16-17.30.

June

Title: Sex with Robots (Talk and Debate)

Ideacity

15-18 June 2016, Toronto

October

SouthBank Centre

The Future of the Sex: Prostitution, Porn and the Rise of Sex Robots (Panel Discussion)

October 8/9 2016.

 

AND

Plenary (Academic)

WHAT SOCIAL ROBOTS CAN AND SHOULD DO

Robophilosophy 2016 / TRANSOR 2016

www.robo-philosophy.org

October 17-21, 2016

Aarhus University, Denmark

 

November