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Scott Midson

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Lincoln Theological Institute in Manchester

Should We Love Robots?

PRESENTED ON SEP 28, 2017
IN MANCHESTER @ VOL 19

Dr. Scott Midson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at The Lincoln Theological Institute. He is the lead researcher on ‘Living with and Loving Machines’. This project brings together questions about how we understand humans and technologies in their relationships, and seeks to encourage an alternative way of reflecting on these using the theological notion of ‘love’.

In this talk he explores how theological and religious ideas shape how we ineract, and even love, robots.

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