On Artificial Intelligence, Symbolic Interactionism, and Whether Robots Will Take over the World
In this first podcast from The Sociological Cinema, sociologist Lester Andrist sits down with computer scientist (and brother) Sean Andrist for a discussion that connects the subfield of symbolic interactionism with robotics. Sean Andrist summarizes research on human-robot interactions, and together they explore the implications of this work on human-human interactions.
Sean Andrist received his PhD from the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research has involved designing, building, and evaluating socially interactive technologies. He has been particularly focused on the development of communicative characters, including both embodied virtual agents and social robots, that can use humanlike gaze mechanisms to effectively communicate with people in a variety of contexts, including education, therapy, and collaborative work.
12/26/2020 08:49:24 am
Stimulating discussion re: robot consciousness and the problem of anthropomorphizing computers. Maybe this isn't a problem, rather a feature? For example, neglected, lonely elderly persons --better to have robot companions than nothing?
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