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  • What Can Fiction about Artificial Persons Tell Us about the Human Brain?

What Can Fiction about Artificial Persons Tell Us about the Human Brain?

Tuesday 9th July 2024

Explore how fictional robots can teach us about human cognition in this fascinating episode with Professor Despina Kakudaki.
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What Fictional Robots Reveal About Our Brains

Episode Overview

  • Fictional robots offer insights into human cognition.
  • Cultural narratives shape our understanding of technology.
  • AI and robotics challenge the distinction between artificial and real persons.
  • The uncanny allure of human-like robots fascinates us.
  • Environmental impacts of computing energy are a growing concern.
Experiencing a kind of uncanny presence, like a little metal combination of materials that seems to walk, is always fascinating
Ever wondered what fictional robots can teach us about our own brains? This episode of Lobes and Robes dives into that intriguing question. Hosted by Susan Carl and Dr. Terry Davidson from the American University, the podcast features Professor Despina Kakudaki, an expert in literature and cultural studies. Together, they explore how our fascination with artificial beings, from Frankenstein to modern AI, reveals much about human nature and cognition.
Professor Kakudaki discusses the evolution of 'constructed persons' in literature and cinema, highlighting how these narratives shape our understanding of humanity and technology. She also touches on the uncanny allure of human-like robots and why we’re drawn to them despite their often gimmicky nature. By comparing AI and robotics to human mental capabilities, the episode delves into the blurred lines between artificial and real persons.
If you're curious about how science fiction influences real-world tech or how our brains process the concept of artificial beings, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in for a thought-provoking conversation that challenges what it means to be human.