30 September 2016
Informatics Forum / Room 1.16 / 9.30am / All welcome
First Session of the Anthrobotics Interdisciplinary Reading Group, in partnership with the social informatics cluster and the CRAG – Open to all schools of the University of Edinburgh
Please read the following text before the session (Pdf available on demand):
We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Plural Social Robotics
Luis de Miranda, Subramanian Ramamoorthy and Michael Rovatsos
Abstract. We contend that our relationship with robots is too often seen within a universalistic and individualistic mind-frame. We propose a specific perspective in social robotics that we call anthrobotics. Anthrobotics starts with the choice to consider the human-machine intertwining as a dynamic union of more or less institutionalised collectives rather than separated discrete realities (individual humans, on one side, and discrete individualised machines on the other). We draw on our research in types of social interaction and esprit de corps to imagine more plural and harmonious forms of shared natural-artificial cognitive systems. We propose to look at four types of organised groups: conformative, autonomist, creative, and universalistic, that may provide guiding principles for the design of more diverse anthrobots. We eventually refer to value-based programming and institutional robotics experiments to sketch the horizon of future applied research within social robotics.
Keywords. Anthrobotics, esprit de corps, cognitive systems, human-computer interaction, social robots