• Tue
    Seven Arts, Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3PD
    Dr Kathleen Richardson (Leicester de Montfort University)

    Are human relationships optional in an age of machines?

    In our digitally connected society, ever more of your ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ are now bots (internet robots). Real robots are set to become your friends and even your sexual partners – what does this mean for our sense of being human? Can humans realistically opt out of relations with other humans?

    Sensitive topics will be discussed as part of this talk.

    Dr Kathleen Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Ethics of Robotics at Leciester de Montort University. She researches the therapeutic use of robots for children with autism spectrum conditions. She is a director of the Campaign Against Sex Robots.