Beware the Passionate Robot


in Who Needs Emotions?

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166194
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847020 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Beware the Passionate                             Robot

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This chapter discusses the observation that human emotions sometimes have unfortunate effects, which raises the concern that robot emotions might not always be optimal. It analyzes brain mechanisms for vision and language to ground an evolutionary account relating motivational systems to emotions and the cortical systems which elaborate them. It also attempts to determine how to address the issue of characterizing emotions in such a way that a robot can be considered to have emotions, even though they are not emphatically linked to human emotions.

Keywords: emotions; robots; brain mechanisms; vision; language; motivational systems; cortical systems

Chapter.  20795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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