, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 483–489 | Cite as

What is it like to encounter an autonomous artificial agent?

  • Karsten WeberEmail author


Following up on Thomas Nagel’s paper “What is it like to be a bat?” and Alan Turing’s essay “Computing machinery and intelligence,” it shall be claimed that a successful interaction of human beings and autonomous artificial agents depends more on which characteristics human beings ascribe to the agent than on whether the agent really has those characteristics. It will be argued that Masahiro Mori’s concept of the “uncanny valley” as well as evidence from several empirical studies supports that assertion. Finally, some tentative conclusions concerning moral implications of the arguments presented here shall be drawn.


Autonomous artificial agent Turing test Uncanny valley Moral responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty 1Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer ScienceCottbusGermany

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