ET4: Robots like me


Robots and especially humanoids are a big issue in the 21st century. Science fiction has presented them as helpers (or threat) to humans. In current developments, robots are envisioned to become social actors that may be empathetic and cooperative. But will robots ever become person-like? Could they be company or support for elderly and disabled persons in our aging society, where human caring is bound to be sparse within a few decades? Will this allow the needy to have a longer independent and dignified life? These kinds of questions will be put to debate in my lecture, including ethical issues dealing with prospective forms of robot use.





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Instructor's name

Ipke Wachsmuth


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Ipke Wachsmuth is emeritus professor of Artificial Intelligence and former director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University, Germany. Also a former president of the German Cognitive Science Society, he has published many research papers in areas related to the understanding and modeling of human behavior as well as the exploitation thereof in intelligent systems. Since the 1990s Wachsmuth has been a driving force behind the Interdisciplinary College and has co-chaired several IKs. As a senior member of Bielefeld University’s Center of Excellence “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC) he is now concerned with philosophical and ethical issues of artificial intelligence and robotics.