Robots, Ethics, and Intimacy: the need for scientific research

Robots, Ethics, and Intimacy: the need for scientific research

What are the legal, ethical and societal issues if humans form intimate relationships with robots as the recent films such as Ex Machina and TV shows such as Westworld have represented?

Market forces and customer demand are driving the creation of robots where humans are forming strong emotional attachments. In this keynote, Georgia Tech’s Professor Ron Arkin will discuss the emerging field of intimate robotics and argues that prior to the technology becoming fully actualised we need research and debate on what effects the technology may have on users and society. Dr Kate Devitt (QUT Faculty of Law) responds to these developments with consideration of the ethical concerns at play in this new technological frontier.

Dr Kate Devitt’s slides

Cognitive Decision Scientist

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S. Kate Devitt


Research Associate, Institute for Future Environments and the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology