, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 455–460 | Cite as

You and I, robot

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


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 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in PhilosophyUniversity of MemphisMemphisUSA
  2. 2.Cognitive Science, School of HumanitiesUniversity of HertfordshireHatfieldUK

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