Crosstalks

What is the ultimate destiny of man and robot?

Press Release   •   Feb 27, 2013 23:13 GMT

This and many other questions will be discussed in the next episode of Crosstalks, which takes place on Thursday, February 28. In the programme, which will be broadcast live on the web, some of Sweden's top researchers talk to foreign guests, viewers, studio audience and participants via Skype about grand challenges of our time in physics, robotics and world health.

Crosstalks is a collaboration between Stockholm University and KTH ‒ Royal Institute of Technology. In Crosstalks, researchers from the two universities will discuss world-leading research with viewers from around the world. The broadcast is three hours and each section is divided into three blocks, with participants in the studio and via Skype. The entire programme is broadcast in English and led by presenter Johanna Koljonen.

What is the ultimate destiny of man and robot? (6-7 pm)
As robots are becoming increasingly sophisticated, are we reaching a point in the future when humans will be replaced? Robots are able to help us more and more in our everyday life but as the development in the field gains pace, some wish to sound a note of warning that science fiction stories where the human race is being replaced by robots eventually will become true. What will we consider to be human in the future? Is there a limit where the boundaries between man and machine cease to exist?

Guests in the studio:
Danica Kragic, Professor of Computer Science and Vice-Dean at the School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH ‒ Royal Institute of Technology.
Tore J Larsson, Director of the Centre for Health & Building, KTH ‒ Royal Institute of Technology.
Torbjörn Tännsjö, Professor of Practical Philosophy and director of Stockholm Centre for Health Care Ethics, Stockholm University.

Participants via Skype:
Alastair Reynolds, awarded science fiction writer and space scientist.
Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy, a pioneering researcher in machine perception, robotics and artificial intelligence at the University of California, Berkeley.

Other topics in this episode:
Is physics changing our understanding of the world? (5-6 pm)
Global inequality and global health. Are we up to the challenge?
(7-8 pm)

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