Joint Human-Robot Action: Virtual Intentionality and Hybrid Human-Robot Cultures

Mark Coeckelbergh

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How must we understand joint action between humans and robots? Responding to Knoblich & Sebanz (2008) I ask the question if robots would meet he conditions for joint action prescribed by standard theories. On such accounts, it seems, (present) robots do not have intentions, so it seems only 'assymetrical' joint action is possible (at best), which leaves robots with the status of tools rather than co-actors. I propose to remedy this problem by offering the concept of 'virtual intentionality' (or simulated intentionality), which takes seriously robots as quasi-actors. In addition, I suggest that 'hybrid' human-robot cultures are likely to develop based on habits of joing human-robot action
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Publication statusPublished - 2009


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