Illah Reza Nourbakhsh “Robot Futures” Talk

With robots, we are inventing a new species that is part material and part digital. The ambition of modern robotics goes beyond copying humans, beyond the effort to make walking, talking androids that are indistinguishable from people. Future robots will be embedded in our physical spaces, with the ability to go where we cannot, and […]

What Research Says about Defeating Terrorism

Social psychology has generated a wealth of empirically tested wisdom that can help policy makers and the public address the threat of terrorism. By understanding our propensities, among others, to “swarm and norm” in forming beliefs or take cues from others in the face of emergencies, we can develop more effective strategies and responses. Additional […]

Our Life on Mars, Our Life on Earth: A Reason to Join the CRAG

Our Life on Mars, Our Life on Earth A Reason to Join the CRAG The Crag, the Creation of Reality Group at the University of Edinburgh, is moved by a collective desire to understand how ideals can become a social reality and shape our future. We want to provide inspiration and a toolkit to transform […]

We, Anthrobots

Luis de Miranda, Michael Rovatos, Subramanian Ramamoorthy The Anthrobotics Cluster at The University of Edinburgh We, Anthrobot: Learning From Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Plural Social Robotics Luis DE MIRANDAa,, Subramanian RAMAMOORTHYb and Michael ROVATSOS b a School of Literatures, Languages and Culture, The University of Edinburgh b School […]

An Inter-Enactive Approach to Agency: Participatory Sense-Making, Dynamics, and Sociality

An Inter-Enactive Approach to Agency: Participatory Sense-Making, Dynamics, and Sociality Steve Torrance Tom Froese ABSTRACT An inter-enactive approach to agency holds that the behaviour of agents in a social situation unfolds not only according to their individual abilities and goals, but also according to the conditions and constraints imposed by the autonomous dynamics of the […]

Can social interaction constitute socialcognition?

Hanne De Jaegher Ezequiel Di Paolo and Shaun Gallagher An important shift is taking place in social cognition research, away from a focus on the individual mind and toward embodied and participatory aspects of social understanding. Empirical results already imply that social cognition is not reducible to the workings of individual cognitive mechanisms. To galvanize […]