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This podcast series focuses on how humans and robots interact with each other. We explore this relationship with philosophers, engineers, psychologist and artists. We are looking into the ethical implications of this new technology and how we can make it work for humans. We shine light on the technologies that make robots intelligent and useful. But this podcast is not only about the science, but also about the people behind the science. What motivates them? How did their career work out? What does it mean to be a student in this area? My name is Christoph Bartneck and I am a professor at the University of Canterbury. Join me in this exciting podcast journey in which we will better understands what it means to be a robot and what it means to be a human.

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This podcast series focuses on how humans and robots interact with each other. We explore this relationship with philosophers, engineers, psychologist and artists. We are looking into the ethical implications of this new technology and how we can make it work for humans. We shine light on the technologies that make robots intelligent and useful. But this podcast is not only about the science, but also about the people behind the science. What motivates them? How did their career work out? What does it mean to be a student in this area? My name is Christoph Bartneck and I am a professor at the University of Canterbury. Join me in this exciting podcast journey in which we will better understands what it means to be a robot and what it means to be a human.

    The Laws Of Robotics

    The Laws Of Robotics

    In our previous podcast episode The Good Robot we discussed the difficulty of enabling robots to act ethically. When talking to journalists or policy makers about machine ethics you frequently get the response, well, Issac Asimov already solved that problem with his three laws of robotics. These laws are so seductively simple that most will intuitively understand them. In this episode of the Human-Robot Interaction podcast, Sean Welsh and I will have a close look at these laws and try to understand why barely anybody has ever tried to use them in their robot.







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    * AI Armageddon and the Three Laws of Robotics by Lee McCauley* Why the three laws of robotics do not work by Chris Stokes* The Unacceptability of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics as a Basis for Machine Ethics by Susan Leigh Anderson

    • 38 min
    There is method to the madness

    There is method to the madness

    The success of Human Robot Interaction depends on utilizing our understanding of the interaction between humans and robots in the development of new technology. These new technologies then need to be rigorously tested to proof their benefit. In other words, it is time for an HRI study. In this episode we will discuss some of the major decision you need to make when designing a study with Tony Belpaeme who recently published a book chapter entitled “Advice to new human-robot interaction researchers”. Choose wisely, for while the true study will bring you knowledge, the false study will take it from you.







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    * Advice to new human-robot interaction researchers* The all in publication policy* As predicted pre-registration* Social Psychology and Human-Robot Interaction: An Uneasy Marriage

    • 54 min
    Why do all social robots fail in the market?

    Why do all social robots fail in the market?

    While working on our first Human-Robot Interaction textbook, we noticed that almost all the robots mentioned in the book had failed in the market. Our book had become an obituary. I talked with Lundy Lewis, Frederic Kaplan, Amro Najjar, Robert Cheek and Tomas Concha (NTT Disruption) about why almost all social robots failed in the market. The Aibo and Jibo robots are examples of robots that were brought to the market, failed and were resurrected from the dead. One in fame and one in shame.







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    * Human-Robot Interaction – An Introduction Book* Jibo introduction video* Great Expectations & Aborted Business Initiatives: The Paradox of Social Robot Between Research and Industry* Our Manifesto – NTT Disruption* Jibo Review by Linus Tech Tips













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    • 59 min
    Artificial Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Artificial Intelligence

    Alan Turing devised the Imitation Game as a test the intelligence of machines. This test is also used in human-robot interaction. But what happens if not a computer is trying to convince you that it is a human, but a human is trying to deceive you in thinking he is an artificial intelligence? In this episode we will discuss the Turing Test, the Zach super computer and what it means to think. I interviewed Diane Proudfoot and David Farrier about the Terrible Foundation, Turing Test and Artificial Intelligence.







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    * Statement on the Terrible New Zealand Charitable Trust by the independent Charities Registration Board* Charities Register of the Terrible New Zealand Charitable Trust* The Spinoff Coverage of Zach, Albi Whale and David Whale* The mystery of Zach, New Zealand’s all-too-miraculous medical AI* The mystery of Zach the miracle AI, continued: it all just gets Terribler* RIP Zach: Damning ruling finds ‘serious wrongdoing’ by miracle medical AI pair

    • 56 min
    The Good Robot

    The Good Robot

    Humans have asked themselves since the beginning of time “What is good”? While we have some consensus and even laws, teaching a robot to act ethically remains a delicate problem. It certainly requires more than three laws. How can a robot know what to do while operating in an uncertain world? I interviewed Sean Welsh on Ethics in Human-Robot Interaction.







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    * Ethics in Robotics and AI (English Version To Come)* The Good Place (TV Show)* The Trolley Problem* Ethics and Security Automata: Policy and Technical Challenges of the Robotic Use of Force by Sean Welsh



















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    • 45 min
    The Rise And Fall of ATR

    The Rise And Fall of ATR

    The Advanced Telecommunication Institute International (ATR) in Japan is a major player in the field of human-robot interaction. Its early history was described by many who worked there as a paradise. After many changes to its funding and subsequently to its organization it remains a pretty strong research organization, but it is only a shadow of its early glory. Many researchers left this highly volatile and competitive environment. In this episode of the Human-Robot Interaction Podcast we will try to understand what the changes of a research organization means for its employees. I interview Takayuki Kanda, Michita Imai and Dylan F. Glas about their work at ATR and their lives afterwards.







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    * “Weird Shape” Information and Communication Support ATR Basic Research for Blooming Flowers | Article in Nikkei Newspaper* About the investment business in the 12th Basic Technology Research Promotion Center | Report of Board of Audit Japan* ATR’s history cheat sheet.

    • 37 min

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