Colloquium | November 4 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Osher Theater
Guy Hoffman, Robotics Researcher, Cornell University
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 robots physical body and thus also from the mass-customization of social experiences?
CA, email@example.com, 5104953505