Erik van der Veen – Mental Institute for Robots

Sunday October 9th, 2016 - Young Talent
Erik van der Veen – Mental Institute for Robots

Can robots have a mental disorders?erikvanderveen_canarobothaveamentaldisorder_furby_2

We treat electronic devices as our slaves. Devices which have more and more complex sensoria, processing capacities and social intelligence. They start to resemble us. The moment machines gain consciousness, the way we treat them will change forever.
Are we still capable to understand the experiences and thoughts of machines? Can a laptop feel our fingers on her trackpad? Are Furbies Suffering from separation anxiety disorder? Are our modems traumatized by after-images of our YouTube-sessions? Do vacuum cleaners develop bacteriophobia? What does the internet dream of?