Mind-Reading for Robots: Anthropomorphism in Human-Computer Interaction

October 15, 2014 | USC Fisher Museum of Art

Speaker: Andrew Gordon
Host: USC Fisher Museum of Art

This talk is from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Andrew S. Gordon, research associate Professor of computer science at the USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, as he discusses his current research into computer-human interaction and the on going effort to explain to computers how humans think.

The lives of children are filled with playful anthropomorphism, where every train, kangaroo, and sunflower takes on human emotions, expectations, desires, plans, and beliefs. These tendencies become even more important in the everyday lives of adults, where anthropomorphism helps people cope with complexity – particularly the complexities of computer technologies. While it might be useful to treat computers as if they were people, it would be even better if our computers would treat us as people: as creatures with human emotions, expectations, desires, plans, and beliefs.

This talk is presented in conjunction with an exhibit by artist Miri Chase, entitled Re:Mind, on themes related to the human mind and artificial intelligence.