New Companions

Alex S Taylor, Anab Jain, Laurel Swan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Abstract / Description of output

This chapter draws on advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to question the orthodoxy of artificial Companions research. Two areas of work are outlined and used to suggest artificial Companions need not be restricted to simulacrums of humans or animals. First, it is argued the developments in AI have given rise to the prospect of very different kinds of machines, machines that are unlike humans or animals but that we may still want to form relationships with. Second, details are presented of a project exploring energy autonomous robots. Ecobot, an example of such a robot, is shown to exhibit unique characteristics that may afford new, distinctive forms of Companionship. Finally, a design concept of an autonomously powered, household radio is presented to illustrate how these new kinds of relationships might be investigated further.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClose Engagements with Artificial Companions
EditorsYorick Wilks
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages107-120
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-90-272-4994-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • 2009
  • ai-making
  • autonomy-making
  • chapter
  • chapter-book
  • energy-auton-making
  • intelauto

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