What is pain, and could robots ever be able to truly ‘feel’ it? Could they ever experience other kinds of suffering, either physical or emotional, and might this prevent machines from hurting themselves and others? Showing her AHRC Best Research Film of the Year, Pain in the Machine, Beth Singler is joined by philosopher Barry Smith and cognitive roboticist Murray Shanahan to explore whether robots ever could, and should, feel distress and pain.
The Helix Theatre is located on our Science in the Square site in Imperial Gardens (GL50 1QA next to Cheltenham Town Hall)
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