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International Workshop "AI Love You"

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:

  • Does our current technology enable robots to take the role of intimate partners in relationships with human beings?
  • To what degree are humans prepared to accept the idea of having sex with robots?
  • What are the potential benefits and likely challenges of engaging in sexual relationships with artificial partners?
  • Can sex robots be used to deal with sex-related social and/or individual problems?
  • What are the possible ethical, moral and legal challenges of engaging in sexual relationships with artificial partners?
  • What role(s) will empirical research play in understanding human-robot intimate relationships?
  • What are the possible funding strategies for empirical research in this area?

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.

Gehalten von

see program on web page


Ja , bis zum 04.12.2017





Universitäts-/ Fachbereich

Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät


08.12.2017, 09:30 Uhr
08.12.2017, 17:30 Uhr


Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group, Department Psychology, University of Potsdam


Universität Potsdam, Uni-Komplex Am Neuen Palais, House 8 Room 0.64
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam


Dr Yuefang Zhou
Karl-Liebknecht-Str 24-25, Building 14
14476 Potsdam OT Golm

Telefon 0331-977-2915