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Blay Whitby

Visiting Lecturer | University of Sussex


Engaging and entertaining expert on the ethics of new and future technologies

Industry Expertise (3)


Information Technology and Services

Social Media

Areas of Expertise (3)

Robot Ethics

Transhuman Ethics

Science/Art Crossovers

Sample Talks (1)

Do You Want a Robot Lover?

Robotic carers and artificial companions are very much in the news. In January 2007 Bill Gates predicted 'a robot in every home'. In Japanrobots are seen as potential carers for the elderly. Many researchers are looking to make their products display emotion and respond to emotional displays by users. At least one writer has predicted marriage to robots becoming accepted by 2050. We need to look at the implications of these developments ? both technical and social. Is this an acceptable development? There are many difficult questions, such as what is likely to be technically feasible and just what should we allow?


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