Robots and Art pp 191-209 | Cite as

Being One, Being Many

  • Christian Kroos
  • Damith Herath
Part of the Cognitive Science and Technology book series (CSAT)


If the current development of robotics indicates its future, we will be soon able to create robots that are exactly identical, intentional agents—at least as far as their software is concerned. This raises questions about identity as sameness and identity in the sense of individuality/subjectivity. How will we treat a robotic agent that is precisely the same as multiple others once it left its inanimate appearance behind and by its intentionality claims to be individual and subjective? In this chapter we show how these issues emerged in the implementation of the artwork ‘The Swarming Heads’ by Stelarc.


Identical Agent Internalist View Kinect Sensor Intentional Agent Robot Base 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal ProcessingUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and MathematicsUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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