Uncanny Valleys: Thinking and Feeling in the Age of Synthetic Humans

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:00pm

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

4 p.m.: Interactive Showcase
5:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Thursday, February 23, at 9 a.m. 

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From service robots to virtual agents like Apple’s Siri, humanlike machines are poised to grow ever more integral to our daily lives. Researchers are shaping the facial expressions, thought processes, verbal tics, and other aspects that make these machines appear to be “human.” In simulating human qualities, researchers face both practical design challenges and philosophical questions about how to guide our interactions with synthetic humans.

Join us for a discussion with leading robotics experts, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, Yoshio Matsumoto, Travis Deyle, and Jonathan Gratch of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and science historian Jessica Riskin (The Restless Clock) about the future of artificial life and new pathways for human-machine interactions. You'll also have a chance to explore an interactive showcase that reveals how roboticists are replicating human locomotion, facial expressions, and intelligence as they assemble walking, talking, thinking, and feeling machines.

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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Melissa Miller, Tyson Gaskill, and Jade Winn (USC Libraries). Co-sponsored by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.

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