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      The Ethical Value of LAI in Social Robotics

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)
      Digital arts and culture
      15 - 17 May 2018
      Social robotics, Artificial intelligence (AI), Human-robot interaction, Strong AI, Light artificial intelligence (LAI), Robot ethics, Posthumanism, Technological mediation


            In this paper, we take the position that the ethically important aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) is the entry of unintelligent machines into human affairs. Elaborating upon the views of Luciano Floridi (1999), we show why an effective example of AI is a machine which engages in a simple array of tasks and processes. Intelligent machines, we hold, should be approached from a perspective which recognizes the reality of their lack of human-like intelligence, while still acknowledging their success as companions. The paper begins by explicating Luciano Floridi’s critique of Alan Turing in Philosophy and Computing (1999) and advocacy of light artificial intelligence (LAI), and begins to explain some of the full implications of his view by showing the ways in which a passion for non-human intelligence existed even in Turing and his colleagues. In the following section, we move through the assumptions made by Cynthia Breazeal of MIT, and demonstrate social robotics’ compatibility with Floridi’s ideas. We examine several examples to defend our point about the successes of LAI in social robotics. In the final section, we examine the ethical consequences of LAI in social robotics, such as openness to alterity and realization of the human interrelatedness with technology.


            Author and article information

            May 2018
            May 2018
            : 1-6
            [1 ] Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii, Polskiej Akademii Nauk

            (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, Poland
            [2 ] Independent scholar

            Genova, Italy
            © Besse et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.15
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Human-robot interaction,Social robotics,Artificial intelligence (AI),Strong AI,Light artificial intelligence (LAI),Robot ethics,Posthumanism,Technological mediation


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