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Associate Professor Mari Velonaki on ABC Radio National

Associate Professor Mari Velonaki on ABC Radio National

Associate Professor Mari Velonaki of NIEA's Creative Robotics Lab was recently interviewed by Carl  Elliot for the Radio National segment: Robots, humans and the future.

Mari Velonaki: I'm interested in analogous relationships in a set space during a set time. But no, I think it's almost like a game. I think it would be very sad if we develop the same emotional attachment to a robot. A robot cannot replace the human, a robot cannot replace a pet, an animal. But living in a technologically driven society, we're all surrounded by technology, especially within the Western world. I think it's interesting for me to create these devices, to create these scenarios, and see how people react, how people respond. Hopefully we'll have also some other by-products as assistive devices, all working with researchers from different fields. And I think it's important to have an understanding of how people respond, what they feel comfortable with, what is socially acceptable, what's not. And again, it's a very big question, because society...what is socially acceptable in one country or within one social group cannot be acceptable with another. So it's a fascinating area. (Extract from radio segment transcript)

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