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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 'THE ROBOT SELF' - 1-day workshop @ the 2014 Living Machines Conference, 29th July 2014. IIT, Milan, ITALY

The human self has many facetsphysical, temporal, social, conceptual and experiential. We will 
consider to what extent it will be possible, useful, or ethical to create robots that have a 
human-like sense of self.   Might this, for instance, be a path to developing robots that have 
an understanding of human intentions and needs and are therefore safer and more helpful?   Or, 
will creating robot selves lead to the possibility of machines that are uncontrollable or that 
experience suffering?  Our workshop will examine the different aspects of self in humans, how 
these might be realised in robots, and what we might learn about the human condition from the 
endeavour to create artificial selves.
Preliminary Programme
-- Longer talks --
Paul Verschure
SPECS Lab, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
The Soul of a Machine: a Theoretical and Experimental Exploration
Giorgio Metta
iCub facility, Istituto Italiano Tecnologia
Peripersonal Space Representations and the Physical Self
Tony Prescott
Sheffield Centre for Robotics, University of Sheffield
The Robot Time TravellerTowards a Synthetic Temporal Self
Guiglielmo Tamburrini
Universita' di Napoli "Federico II"
Philosophical and Ethical Issues (draft title)
-- Shorter talks --
Minoru Asada
Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Osaka University
The Ecological Robot Self
Daniele Mazzei
Research Center E.Piaggio, University of Pisa.
Social Robots as Empathic Agents
Emily Collins
Sheffield Centre for Robotics, University of Sheffield
Human-robot attachment: a neo-Freudian perspective
Additional contributions may be possible.  
Please email if you would like to volunteer a short presentation for 
the workshop.
Non-students 50 Euros
Students 25 Euros
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