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Sydney Ideas: Why should robots look and think like humans?

Rethinking human-machine relations

The popular notion that the perfect robot will be just like a human closes our eyes to the genuine possibilities and risks of AI and robotics.

Drawing on the latest research in engineering and social science, this event will explore the ways in which emerging technologies are similar to and different from the humans on which they are supposedly modelled: the thinker, the worker and the companion.

Could robots be programmed to make responsible moral and legal decisions? What are the possibilities and limitations of the robot voice and conversation? How will humans adapt to a world of increasingly ‘intelligent’ and autonomous machines?



Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia


Tuesday 11 June 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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  • Hearing loop

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