[Air-L] 3 doctoral positions: caring robots

William Fearon william.fearon at mail.com
Wed Dec 11 08:26:57 PST 2019

    Dear Ganiat & Katherine,

   I must say Ganiat, that your hotlink suggestion ended up in a fog. It
   led to a place called nowhere.  I could not see the logic in the
   posting itself nor in the content of the web page you selected for my
   enlightenment. My posited question to you, was an elementary one fit
   for first year undergraduate students of Philosophy in Sweden,
   Nederland the US and in GB.  You failed to even begin to answer it.

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   Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12:20 PM
   From: "Ganiat.Kazeem" <ganiat.kazeem at open.ac.uk>
   To: "William Fearon" <william.fearon at mail.com>
   Cc: "Katherine Harrison" <katherine.harrison at gmail.com>,
   "air-l at listserv.aoir.org" <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
   Subject: Re: [Air-L] 3 doctoral positions: caring robots
   The answer to that is probably going to be

   Here: [1]https://liu.se/en/research/caring-robots

   Miss Ganiat Omolara Kazeem | PhD researcher at the Open University,
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   computing and communications, Faculty of Science, Technology,
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   [4]Standardization leads to rigidity, and rigidity causes things to
   [5]Bill James
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   Outsider Changed Baseball. New York: Doubleday. pp. 191.
   ISBN 0-385-51464-6.

     On 11 Dec 2019, at 11:29, William Fearon <william.fearon at mail.com>

     What is an 'ethical reason?'.
     Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 8:06 PM
     From: "Katherine Harrison" <katherine.harrison at gmail.com>
     To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
     Subject: [Air-L] 3 doctoral positions: caring robots
     We are currently accepting applications to 3 fully funded, 4 year PhD
     positions associated with the research project, ‘The ethics and
     consequences of AI and caring robots. Learning trust, empathy and
     (deadline 30 January 2020, start date August 2020).
     The project is led by Ericka Johnson and Katherine Harrison at Tema
     Linköping University, Sweden. More information can be found:
     The PhD positions are fully funded (i.e. provide full-employment
     Swedish system, including paid holidays and other standard social
     etc.) and can be extended up to a fifth year by teaching
     Position 1: Designing care robots
     What bodies are assumed in the design of companion robots, and how
     design of the robot affect its interactions with humans? This project
     focuses on how care and affect are materialised in the body of the
     companion robot, with particular critical attention to intersections
     gender, ethnicity and ability. An additional area of inquiry could
     how the material design features of the robot's body are mediated
     affective programming software to produce a more intimate encounter.
     Position 2: Learning data for companion robots.
     How can robots learn to care when collecting data on relevant humans
     may be
     limited for ethical reasons? Or if real data contain bias, on which
     should you train your data? Generative machine learning techniques
     (such as
     generative adversarial networks (GANs)) offer a solution to problems
     “real” data such as scarce availability, labour intensity of data
     labelling, data biases, or privacy intrusiveness. This project
     comprises a
     critical inquiry into the production/collection of data sets used to
     companion robots learn, and particularly the possibility of using
     assist with this.
     Position 3: The affective space between human and companion robots
     Current advances in robotics often focuses on refining robots to
     about and respond better to humans. However, interacting well with a
     also requires significant learning on the part of the human
     This project focuses on the affective space between human and robot,
     the work that both participants must learn to do to create an
     relation characterised by care and trust.
     Interested? Please contact us with any questions (Ericka Johnson <
     ericka.johnson at liu.se> and Katherine Harrison
     <katherine.harrison at liu.se>)
     Applications are made through the Linköping University web interface:
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