[March 1] Call for contributions Robot Love book
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http://baltanlaboratories.org/article/research-project/call-for-papers:-robot-love

Deadline March 1

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Call for papers: Robot Love
What can we learn about love from robots?

Contribute to a collection of academic, activist and artistic essays is to be published in conjunction with the ROBOT LOVE art manifestation.

Call for papers: Robot Love
The project will be developed in close collaboration with Dutch Design Foundation, Baltan Laboratories, STRP Biennial and the Technological Universities of Twente, Delft and Eindhoven.

Now that “real machines” are entering the domestic sphere, artificial intelligence may act as a mirror allowing us to delve deeper into ourselves and the current state of society. ROBOT LOVE, combining neuroscience, robotics and ethics, is like “a force from the future” we cannot yet grasp, but urges us to ask: how can we learn from robots about love?

Care robots, industrial robots, ambient intelligence, self-driving cars. ROBOT LOVE is not merely about human-robot relationships, but on how technological advancement an inspire us to reconceptualize ourselves as human beings. The art manifestation critically investigates this by way of an affirmative approach to artificial intelligence, allowing for frictions to occur. Although created in our image or as a proxy of the human, we cannot yet grasp how robots perceive the world, it is alien to our own perception. Thus recognition of a radically other being, whose actions cannot be predicted, is needed. Like a difference not in degree but in kind that moves away from existing logic. A difference that liberates itself from the certain/uncertain status from which our perceptions of security derive. It opens up the possibility for considering the un-accountable, the un-decidable, the un-definable. Just like love.

We invite academic, activist, sci-fi and artistic contributions that follow a bottom-up argumentation, informed by situated practices and analyze concrete objects of study. The areas (of neurosciences, robotics, ethics, etc.) in which a more attentive perspective can make a difference are numerous.

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