Preface

Ted Metzler

Autonomous humanoid robots have begun to display levels of human-like behavior and appearance that call for responsible attention to important psychological, sociological, philosophical, and spiritual implications of human-robot interaction (HRI). As ongoing commercial development of these robots makes human-robot interaction increasingly common, elements of human culture beyond the technical community need to engage HRI phenomena and seek clearer understanding of their potentially significant effects upon human society. Moreover, artificial intelligence is maturing in ways that oblige its own technical community to examine the effects of HRI upon other components of human culture.

Subjects: 17. Robotics


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