Tonight, the Cafe Scientifique team welcomes Dr Blay Whitby from the University of Sussex. Dr Whitby will be presenting his talk on ‘Do You Want a Robot Lover?’.
The widespread use of robots in intimate and caring roles will bring about important social changes. Robotic carers and artificial companions are technologies that are likely to be available in the near to mid‐term future.
In Japan and South Korea robots are seen as potential carers for the elderly and as babysitters. Many researchers are looking to make their products display emotion and respond to emotional displays by users. At least one writer has predicted marriage to robots will be accepted in progressive countries by 2050.
Are these socially and ethically acceptable developments? What is likely to be technically feasible and just what should we allow?
If you would like to listen to Dr Whitby’s talk and join in with the debate, please come to Cafe Boscanova, Bocombe, tonight, ready for a 7:30pm kick off. Doors open from 6:30pm and the talk is expected to finish at 9:00pm.
There is no need to register for this event but please make sure you get here early for a good seat though as we fill up fast and there is some excellent food available!
The Cafe Scientifique team look forward to seeing you there!