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Have you ever wondered if your Alexa at home is just one software update away from conspiring with the smart TV and the intelligent fridge? Are you a bit suspicious about robots taking on roles as carers, companions and teachers? Are you dubious about this whole ‘singularity’ business? Then this is the right event for you. Come along for a series of talks showcasing innovation and new developments in social robotics.
17 Things You Didn't Know About Robot Gestures -- Number 10 Will SHOCK you!
Humans use gestures to communicate all the time, so how can we make robots use them too? What does human gesture reveal about underlying thought composition, and can we get robots to think like that too? Am I single handedly bringing about the robot apocalypse by purposefully trying to instill human-like thought in artificially intelligent machines? Spoiler alert: No!
Living with robots - What does it mean for our social life?
Dr. Ruud Hortensius (Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow)
Every day, we make a multitude of split-second decisions about other people. We might believe our neighbour is friendly, determine a colleague to be trustworthy, or judge a person as funny. Similarly, when we see C-3PO, we think “posh”. We feel Wall-E’s pain, get angry when Alexa doesn’t understand us on the third attempt, and attribute intentions to random movements of robotic vacuuming cleaners. In this talk, I will discuss my latest research on how we make sense of a world filled with happy, sad or collaborative robots.
Developing Psychologically Valid Facial Signals into Social Robots
Dr. Chaona Chen (Postdoctoral Researcher, Institution of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow)
Out of the factories and into our homes - robots are entering a challenging phase in their evolution: surviving in a social world. HBO’s series Westworld presents a fascinating, but terrifying view when the robots become capable of recognizing and interacting with humans via a variety of social signals. But how close are we close to that in real life? Can we create social robots with personalities? And should we? I will introduce my work of understanding facial signals in human interactions and transferring the psychological knowledge of these signals into social robots.