Robots and Art

Part of the series Cognitive Science and Technology pp 191-209


Being One, Being Many

  • Christian KroosAffiliated withCentre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey Email author 
  • , Damith HerathAffiliated withFaculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, University of Canberra

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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.