A Drone on Mars

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The Perseverance rover, which is on its way to Mars, is carrying a drone called Ingenuity. According to NASA, it is a technology demonstration to test powered flight on another world for the first time. „A series of flight tests will be performed over a 30-Martian-day experimental window that will begin sometime in the spring […]

A Robot that Smells of Chocolate

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A multi-stage HUGGIE project is currently underway at the School of Business FHNW under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel. Ümmühan Korucu and Leonie Stocker (formerly Leonie Brogle) started with an online survey. The aim was to gain insights into how people of all ages and sexes judge a hug by a robot. In […]

New Tasks for Lio

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DIH-HERO is a project in the healthcare sector supported by the European Union since January 2019. According to the website, the mission is to create a sustaining network that connects players in the healthcare sector and to support small and medium sized enterprises. „Currently, Europe and countries all over the world are facing a global […]

Dog Sit!

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The field of animal-machine interaction is gaining new research topics with social robots. Meiying Qin from Yale University and her co-authors have brought together a Nao and a dog. From the abstract of their paper: „In two experiments, we investigate whether dogs respond to a social robot after the robot called their names, and whether […]

Living with Harmony

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„Living with Harmony“ by Kino Coursey, Susan Pirzchalski, Matt McMullen, Guile Lindroth, and Yuri Furuushi is a book chapter of „AI Love You“ by Yuefang Zhou and Martin H. Fischer. From the abstract: „Existing personal assistants and agents are by design limited in their ability to form or encourage close personal bonds. The Harmony system […]

The Next Robophilosophy Conference

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„Once we place so-called ’social robots‘ into the social practices of our everyday lives and lifeworlds, we create complex, and possibly irreversible, interventions in the physical and semantic spaces of human culture and sociality. The long-term socio-cultural consequences of these interventions is currently impossible to gauge.“ (Website Robophilosophy Conference) With these words the next Robophilosophy […]

CONVERSATIONS 2019 in Amsterdam

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CONVERSATIONS 2019 is a full-day workshop on chatbot research. It will take place on November 19, 2019 at the University of Amsterdam. From the description: „Chatbots are conversational agents which allow the user access to information and services though natural language dialogue, through text or voice. … Research is crucial in helping realize the potential […]

The Hologram Girl Appears in the World

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The article „Hologram Girl“ by Oliver Bendel deals first of all with the current and future technical possibilities of projecting three-dimensional human shapes into space or into vessels. Then examples for holograms from literature and film are mentioned, from the fictionality of past and present. Furthermore, the reality of the present and the future of […]

Papers of Workshop „Conversational Agents“

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The papers of the CHI 2019 workshop „Conversational Agents: Acting on the Wave of Research and Development“ (Glasgow, 5 May 2019) are now listed on convagents.org. The extended abstract by Oliver Bendel (School of Business FHNW) entitled „Chatbots as Moral and Immoral Machines“ can be downloaded here. The workshop brought together experts from all over […]

Oxford-Institut für Ethik und KI

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„Die britische Elite-Universität Oxford hat eine Spende in Höhe von 150 Millionen Pfund (rund 168 Millionen Euro) von US-Milliardär Stephen A. Schwarzman erhalten. Mit der höchsten Einzelspende in der Geschichte der Hochschule soll das ‚Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre‚ für Geisteswissenschaften entstehen.“ (SPON, 19. Juni 2019) Dies meldete der Spiegel am 19. Juni 2019. Weiter heißt […]

Developing Ethics for Eldercare Robots

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Prof. Dr. Susan L. Anderson, one of the most famous machine ethicists in the world, attended the 23rd Berlin Colloquium. She summarized her talk („Developing Ethics for Eldercare Robots“) in the brochure of the event with regard to the technology of care robots as follows: „Ideally, we would like eldercare robots to be able make […]

An Ethical Care Robot

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Prof. Dr. Michael Anderson, one of the most famous machine ethicists in the world, attended the 23rd Berlin Colloquium. He summarized his presentation („An Ethical Care Robot“) in the brochure of the event with regard to the technology of care robots as follows: As with any technology, „its advantages need to be tempered with its […]

Hologram Girl

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Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book „AI love you“ explores the emerging topics and rapid technological developments of robotics and artificial intelligence through the lens of the evolving role of sex robots, and how they should best be designed to serve human needs. „An international panel of authors provides the most up-to-date, evidence-based empirical research […]

About Basic Property

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The title of one of the AAAI 2019 Spring Symposia is „Interpretable AI for Well-Being: Understanding Cognitive Bias and Social Embeddedness“. An important keyword here is „social embeddedness“. Social embeddedness of AI includes issues like „AI and future economics (such as basic income, impact of AI on GDP)“ or „well-being society (such as happiness of […]

Chatbots in Glasgow

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„In the last five years, work on software that interacts with people via typed or spoken natural language, called chatbots, intelligent assistants, social bots, virtual companions, non-human players, and so on, increased dramatically. Chatbots burst into prominence in 2016. Then came a wave of research, more development, and some use. The time is right to […]

The Theft of the Voice

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The article „The Synthetization of Human Voices“ by Oliver Bendel, first published on 26 July 2017, is now available as a print version. The synthetization of voices, or speech synthesis, has been an object of interest for centuries. It is mostly realized with a text-to-speech system (TTS), an automaton that interprets and reads aloud. This […]

Professorship for Ethics of Digital Technologies

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In 2019, the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum will be awarding a W1 (W2) tenure-track professorship for Ethics of digital methods and technologies at the Institute of Philosophy I. „The future tenure-track professor will be representing the field of ethics in union with philosophy of current technology excellently in education and […]

Lecturers as Holograms

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At the conference „Robophilosophy“ in Vienna in February 2018, Hiroshi Ishiguro spoke about his geminoid, which he adjusts every few years according to his own statement. Looking at him one could assume he was adjusted too, considering how much younger he seems than on older photos showing him with his artificial twin. After his speech, […]