Wed, 9 June 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

How to Think About Robots

Kate Darling

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Inspired by our history with animals, join the renowned MIT researcher Kate Darling for a bold exploration of the relationship between robots and humans.

The robots are here. They make our cars, they deliver fast food, they mine the sea floor. And in the near-future their presence will increasingly enter our homes and workplaces – making human-robot interaction a frequent, everyday occurrence. What will this future look like? What will define the relationship between humans and robots?

Kate Darling, a world-renowned expert in robot ethics, joins us to show that in order to understand the new robot world, we must first move beyond the idea that this technology will be something like us. Instead, we should look to our relationship with animals. Just as we have harnessed the power of animals to aid us in war and work, so too will robots supplement – rather than replace – our own skills and abilities.

A deeply original analysis of our technological future and the ethical dilemmas that await us, this livestream talk will explain how the treatment of machines can reveal a new understanding of our own history, our own systems and how we relate – not just to non-humans, but also to each other.

Will robots take our jobs? Who is responsible for a robot’s actions? Do robots have rights? Join us and discover the answers to all of these questions and more.

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Kate Darling

Researcher, MIT

Kate Darling is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction.