Cross-Cultural Timeline of the History of Thought of the Artificial

Gabriele Trovato, Nikolaos Mavridis, Alexander Huerta-Mercado, Ryad Chellali

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The current world landscape in opinions and attitudes about robotics is highly variegated in different parts of the world. This landscape is a result of the sum of the effects of multiple factors, which date from millennia ago, as waves of philosophical thought, religion and historical events overlapped and allegedly influenced the concept of human and of the artificial. This paper provides a survey of such factors, and attempts to trace possible lines between causes and consequences. The analysis seems to indicate the presence of a West/East split which marks the main differences in intending the role of social agents, humanoids, transhumanism and labour automation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 13th International Conference, ICSR 2021, Proceedings
EditorsHaizhou Li, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Yan Wu, Agnieszka Wykowska, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Dongyu Li, Jairo Perez-Osorio
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030905248
StatePublished - 2021
Event13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 10 Nov 202113 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13086 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2021


  • Culture
  • History of robotics
  • Humanoids


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