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The Social Robot Futures website was launched in 2014 as part of a multi-year research project, funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHCR), called “Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination.” As of spring 2021, the website is continuing under a three-year SSHRC project titled, “’AI Everywhere’: The Mythical and Religious Roots of Algorithmic Faith.”

For more on these SSHRC projects, go to the /About/SSHRC Projects page here.

Social Robot Futures is a source for upcoming events, news, commentary, and resources relevant to the interdisciplinary analysis of AI and robotics, as well as an archive for events, talks, and publications produced as part of the past and current SSHRC projects noted above. Visitors can subscribe by email to our blog, follow via social media (Facebook, Twitter). In addition to reposting the SRF blog, our Facebook page also hosts a curated current affairs news feed the economic, social, and cultural aspects of AI and robotics. Go to the bottom of this page, or to the blog, for subscriber and follower options.

Website Image Credits

(Home page, and feature images on About, Events, Resources, and Media pages)

“Trium animae visionsis generum in Microcosmo […].” Drawing by Robert Fludd in his Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris […] historia (1619).Wikipedia. Public domain. See also, Robert Fludd, Utriusque cosmi maioris […], tract. I, sect. I, lib. X, De triplici animae in corpore visione, p. 216-17. Archive.org.

“Sophia, Hanson Robotics Ltd. speaking at the AI for GOOD Global Summit, ITU, Geneva, Switzerland, 7 – 9 June, 2017.” Photo by R. Farrell/ITU. CC BY-2.0 licence.

“The producer Sam Khoze with Erica, the android star of the film ‘b.'” Image from “The Star of a New Hollywood Film Is Erica, a ‘Female’ Robot!” by Anthony Picciano, “Tony’s Thoughts” blog, CUNY Academic Commons, July 25, 2020. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

“Analog computing machine in fuel systems building.” Photo by NASA/Glenn Research Center. September 28, 1949. NASA on the Commons. “No known copyright restrictions.”

“Turing test.” Graphic by Hugo Férée. 2011. Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0 licence.

Map of the internet, January 2, 2002. Barrett Lyon, The Opte Project. January 6, 2021. http://renderbot.nyc1.opte.org/20210116.1200.attempt_1/.

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