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An international workshop on human-robot interaction.
According to a recent Nature editorial (entitled AI LOVE YOU, Nature 547, 138, July 2017), only a handful of researchers have seriously investigated issues surrounding human intimate relationships with robots. Academic research on social, legal and moral implications is scarce, and empirical work on sex-related technology is even scarcer. Triggered by a consultation report by the Foundation of Responsible Robotics (entitled OUR SEXUAL FUTURE WITH ROBOTS, see go.nature.com/2u4578x), the Nature editorial urgently called for empirical research to be conducted to make public debates around this topic more evidence-based.
In response to this call, this workshop aims to bring together an interdisciplinary team, including psychologists, philosophers, computer scientists, ethicists and clinicians, to discuss this emerging topic of intimate relationships between humans and artificial partners. Some key topics to be discussed at the workshop include:
Contributions to the workshop will be published in an edited volume with Springer Verlag. Furthermore, the workshop aims to prepare grounds for an EU-level grant application.