Tool, Buddy, Lover, Spouse? The Future of Human-Robot Relations
Th/20/Juni/09:30 - 11:00Panel discussion Speakers: Mari Matsutoya, Noel Sharkey, Karen Dolva Presented by: Jana Binder Language: Englisch/Deutsch E-Werk, Maschinensaal
In late 2018, Akihiko Kondo from Japan made international headlines because he married the love of his life, the virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku. This artificial figure has long become a superstar in Japan and thanks to the use of the most modern technology can be brought to one’s own living room as an animated hologram. The case of Hatsune Miku shows how profound the relationship between humans and artificial beings can now become. In other realms as well, machines are finding their way into our everyday lives: as robot avatars that allow children to participate in school instruction despite illness, or as virtual receptionists in department stores outfitted with artificial intelligence. Where is the relationship between the human being and the robot going, and will machines in future protect us from being alone?