Beyond Anthropomorphism Symposium

About Symposium:

Sydney Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems SIRIS (previously Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems), in collaboration with the Sociotechnical Futures Lab (STuF) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sydney Business School has organised a 2-day international and multidisciplinary symposium on Human-Machine relations in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

This symposium challenges the popular expectation that the perfect future robot will be indistinguishable from, or superior to humans, or that humans will be perfectible through technology. Drawing on the latest research in engineering, social sciences and humanities, this event will evaluate the current state-of-the art against these fantastic visions. AI, robotics and social robotics were founded on the metaphors of the thinker, the labourerand, most recently, the companion. This symposium will explore where these metaphors are productive, and where they are problematic. This event will provide a more grounded understanding of the likely futures for these exciting and terrifying technologies.

Day 1 of the symposium is co-hosted by Sydney Ideas Event – Why should the perfect robot look and think just like a human?



11 – 12 June, 2019

Tuesday 11 June 2019, Co-hosted by Sydney Ideas – Why should the perfect robot look and think just like a human?

Time: 6pm –7:30pm

Venue: SSB Lecture Theatre 200 Social Sciences Building, the University of Sydney


Wednesday 12 June 2019

Time: 9am –6pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1130 Abercrombie Business School Building, the University of Sydney


The symposium is free, but advance registration is required.

To register Day 1 – Tuesday 11 June: Eventbrite 

To register Day 2 – Wednesday 12 June: Eventbrite


Date & time

6–7.30pm 11 Jun 2019
9am–6pm 12 Jun 2019


University of Sydney


Minoru Asada
Raya Jones
Laurence Devillers


Naoko Abe
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