First International Symposium on
30th - 31st January 2004, Villa Nobel, Sanremo, Italy

A Human-Robot Symbiosis: the Perfect Interface?

Daniela Cerqui
Institut d'anthropologie et de sociologie
FacultÚ des Sciences Sociales et Politiques
UniversitÚ de Lausanne
CH - 1015 Lausanne - Switzerland
TÚl. ++41 21 6923187 , Fax ++41 21 6923185

In the recent developments of robotics, we can observe that the relationship humans-robots is evolving towards a 'symbiosis'.

To be more efficient, robots are supposed to be directly connected with the human body or brain, while human efficiency is supposed to increase if the human is linked with a robot. In both cases, this direct interface shortens the reaction time and permits a direct exchange of information between humans and robots. Currently, the last step is the integration of micro-robots into the human body.

Such a tendency is linked with an already old philosophical idea: humankind is intrinsecally imperfect and needs technology to improve itself.

Nowadays, improvement is synonymous of direct access to information, which means direct interface. That has important consequences for the future of humankind, because engineers and roboticians are creating the world in which we will live in the future. Thus, it is necessary to wonder what is the essence of a human being and to understand whether such practices could change it.

Draft 18th Jan '04