Robot Ethics and “Love Machine”

At 13:15 on Thursday, May 31, Peter Asaro will present a lecture on “Robot Ethics” in the HUMlab.

This lecture will be an overview of his research at the HUMlab on Robot Ethics, particularly on the ethics of military robots. Peter is one of the new Postdoctoral Fellows at the HUMlab and the Department of Philosophy.

His film Love Machine will be shown in HUMlab at 15:30 on this Friday, June 1.
This is part of the “Love, War & Robots Film Series”

Love Machine flyer

Love Machine (2001), directed by Peter Asaro, 110 min,
http://imdb.com/title/tt1028550/

This independent feature-length documentary looks at the development of robots capable of human social relations of love, caring, and friendship. It investigates the technologies being developed, and the motives behind their development. It also explores the social interests and fears surrounding their potential as sexual partners and life-partners, augmenting or replacing intimate human relationships.

It features interviews with leading roboticists, philosophers, sexologists and inventors, including: Rodney Brooks, Hans Moravec, Ken Goldberg, Hubert Dreyfus, Daniel Dennett, Manuel Delanda, Carol Queen, Robert Morgan Lawrence, Ernest Green, Lisa Palac, and others.

Love, War & Robots: A Film Series (Revised)

Everyone seemed to enjoy the first installment of the Film Series last Friday! There were a lot of interesting elements to the films that many of us had forgotten.

Due to the holiday this week, among other things, there will be NO FILM THIS WEEK!

We will start up again next week, though. And with a slightly revised schedule.

I decided to revise the schedule due to the time it will take to get some of the films, because this week’s film had to be canceled, and to rearrange the order for those people who will not be around over the summer. This loses the organization by parts, but should be a good sequence nonetheless.

Here is more information about the films:
Love, War & Robots: A Film Series

Here is the new schedule:

May 11
DOUBLE FEATURE:
The Terminator (1984) directed by James Cameron, 108 minutes
RoboCop (1987) directed by Paul Verhoeven, 102 minutes

May 18
NO FILM

May 25
DOUBLE-FEATURE
Fail-Safe (1963) directed by Sydney Lumet, 112 minutes (black&white)
War Games (1983) directed by John Badham, 114 minutes

June 1
Love Machine (2001) directed by Peter Asaro, 110 minutes

June 8
DOUBLE-FEATURE
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) directed by Joseph Sargent, 100 Minutes
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) directed by Stanley Kubrick, 96 minutes (black&white)

June 15
A.I.:Artificial Intelligence (2001) directed by Steven Spielberg, 146 minutes

NO FILMS
June 22 – July 27

August 3
DOUBLE-FEATURE:
Runaway (1984) directed by Michael Crichton, 99 minutes
Westworld (1973) directed by Michael Crichton, 88 minutes

August 10
Demon Seed (1977) directed by Donald Cammell, 99 minutes

August 17
Blade Runner(1982) directed by Ridley Scott, 117 minutes

August 24
Ghost in The Shell II: Innocence [Inosensu: Kokaku Kidotai] (2004) directed by Mamoru Oshii, 100 minutes

August 31
DOUBLE FEATURE:
Desk Set (1957) directed by Walter Lang, 103 minutes
Making Mr. Right (1987) directed by Susan Seidelman, 98 minutes

Film Series: Love, War & Robots

I wanted to let everyone know that we have organized a film series that will begin this Friday, and continue on subsequent Fridays through the summer (except for the mid-summer break).

The films were chosen around the themes of Love, War and Robots to match my research here at the HUMlab on Robot Ethics. A full description of the films, and why I chose them are available here:
Love, War & Robots

The first films will be a Double Feature of The Terminator and RoboCop, this Friday, May 11 at 3:30pm in the HUMlab.

I hope you can join us, and are interested in participating in a discussion of the films afterwards.

Here is the schedule through August:

PART I: ROBOTS OUT OF CONTROL

May 11
DOUBLE FEATURE:
The Terminator (1984) directed by James Cameron, 108 minutes
RoboCop (1987) directed by Paul Verhoeven, 102 minutes

May 18
DOUBLE-FEATURE:
Runaway (1984) directed by Michael Crichton, 99 minutes
Westworld (1973) directed by Michael Crichton, 88 minutes

May 25
Demon Seed (1977) directed by Donald Cammell, 99 minutes

PART II: AUTOMATIC WARFARE

June 1
Fail-Safe (1963) directed by Sydney Lumet, 112 minutes (black&white)
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) directed by Joseph Sargent, 100 Minutes

June 8
Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) directed by Stanley Kubrick, 96 minutes (black&white)

June 15
War Games (1983) directed by John Badham, 114 minutes

NO FILMS
June 22 – July 27

PART III: LOVE AMONG MACHINES

August 3
Blade Runner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott, 117 minutes

August 10
Love Machine (2001) directed by Peter Asaro, 110 minutes

August 17
A.I.:Artificial Intelligence (2001) directed by Steven Spielberg, 146 minutes

August 24
Ghost in The Shell II: Innocence [Inosensu: Kokaku Kidotai] (2004) directed by Mamoru Oshii, 100 minutes

August 31
DOUBLE FEATURE:
Desk Set (1957) directed by Walter Lang, 103 minutes
Making Mr. Right (1987) directed by Susan Seidelman, 98 minutes