The challenge of building self-driving cars is not purely a question of engineering; it’s also a social one. Unwritten rules, social cues, and even unexpected friendly gestures dictate how traffic flows, and without them, it’s not clear how we’d navigate even the simplest intersection. How robots sense the social fabric that makes our communities function is a central question for researchers studying AI (artificial intelligence).
In the same way, our social dynamics deeply affect how we perceive robots and integrate them into our work and life. What is the best way to form a team made up of humans and robots? What makes things go right? What happens when things go wrong? Could the way we treat robots make people feel bad? For scientists to understand robots, it’s all about understanding people.
At this event, our speakers will consider the future of a shared human and humanoid world, exploring new ideas and busting myths along the way.
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