CANCELLED - Talk Prof. Philip Gerrans

CANCELLED - Talk Prof. Philip Gerrans

03.04.2020 10:30 – 12:00


As more of human life from infancy to old age becomes mediated by artificial intelligence, the ability of those AI systems to implement emotions becomes crucial. Consider, for example, care for children, disabled and elderly. These are tasks that seem to require empathy and hence the ability to have emotions and to understand the emotional states of others.

However, despite spectacular improvements in AI and robotics, implementing emotions in artificial systems remains an unmet challenge. The nature of that challenge arises partly from the way AI has conceptualised emotions, borrowing from Constructive and Affect Program theories of emotion. After explaining the problems these approaches generate for AI, I examine alternative conceptions of the nature of emotion. In particular I focus on the computational neuroscience of emotional processing (Affective Neuroscience), which has developed considerably in the last decade. This talk assesses the relevance to AI of these developments and the prospects of incorporating relevant computational strategies in AI systems to produce viable artificial emotions.

In particular I consider whether AI systems can implement computational strategies, derived from Affective Neuroscience, that make emotional processing continuous with processes of bodily regulation.


Bâtiment: Campus Biotech

Innovation Park
Newton Room

Organisé par

Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA)

entrée libre


Catégorie: Séminaire

Mots clés: CISA, Artificial Intelligence, Emotions

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