ATC Lecture — Guy Hoffman, "Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics"

Colloquium | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater

 Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University

 Center for New Media, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), Arts + Design

As we continue to develop social robots designed for connectedness, we struggle with paradoxes related to authenticity, transience, and replication. In this talk, I will attempt to link together 15 years of experience designing social robots with 100-year-old texts on transience, replication, and the fear of dying. Can there be meaningful relationships with robots who do not suffer natural decay? What would our families look like if we all choose to buy identical robotic family members? Could hand-crafted robotics offer a relief from the mass-replication of the robot’s physical body and thus also from the mass-customization of social experiences?

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