Social Robot Futures
Social Robot Futures is a venue for discussing how AI and robotics are changing what it means to be “human,” what “intelligence” stands for, how bodies and the Earth “matter,” and who counts as socially “productive.” Given big tech’s faith in algorithms and its plans for “AI everywhere,” the site hosts research into the industry’s founding assumptions in fiction, myth, and religion, and highlights debates in which “our future” with AI is at stake.
With producers intending to use the android Erica, designed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, in the lead role for their movie “b,” journalist Zach Scharf (Indiewire 25/06/20) asks, “What if Alex Garland’s 2014 science-fiction favorite Ex Machina starred a real artificially intelligent robot as Ava instead of Alicia Vikander?” The significance of this kind of crossover between applied AI and robots on one hand, and fictional narratives in film on the other, is but one of the discussion themes that will emerge in the upcoming Social Robot Futures film series. Stay tuned for more information on this public event, as well as for our proposed workshop, Disrupting AI.
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