25th Anniversary Volume A Faustian Exchange: What is to be human in the era of Ubiquitous Technology?


, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 455-460

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You and I, robot

  • Shaun GallagherAffiliated withLillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy, University of MemphisCognitive Science, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire Email author 

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I address a number of issues related to building an autonomous social robot. I review different approaches to social cognition and ask how these different approaches may inform the design of social robots. I argue that regardless of which theoretical approach to social cognition one favors, instantiating that approach in a workable robot will involve designing that robot on enactive principles.


Social robots Social cognition Theory of mind Theory theory Simulation theory Interaction theory Enactive cognition