The Rediscovery of the Wild (2013)
Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (2012)
Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life (2011)
A nature language: An agenda to catalog, save, and recover patterns of human-nature interaction (2010)
"A Nature Language" Website (2010)
The Human Relation with Nature and Technological Nature (2009)
Office Window of the Future? (2008)
Director: Peter H. Kahn, Jr.
The HINTS lab seeks to address – from an ethical stance – two world trends that are powerfully reshaping human existence:
- The degradation if not destruction of large parts of the natural world, and
- Unprecedented technological development, both in terms of its computational sophistication and pervasiveness.
Humans will adapt to such changes. How could we not: it is that or we will die as a species. But questions emerge:
- Will such adaptations portend any fundamental impoverishment in terms of human functioning and, indeed, human flourishing?
- Are frequent interactions with diverse nature important, or even necessary, for children to develop well -- physically and psychologically?
- What are the psychological effects of interacting with “Technological Nature” – technologies that mediate, augment, or simulate nature (e.g., robot pets, real-time digital windows of nature, and tele-operated gardening)?
- How can personified computational systems (e.g., humanoid robots, androids, and “smart homes”) be designed to enhance children’s social and moral development?
- How can technological systems be designed to enhance the world, and where should we back off from specific technological designs and implementation?
The HINTS lab focuses on these questions. We aim for rigor in our scientific research. Depth in our apprehension of the problems. Solutions that build on the biodiversity of human experience. And far-ranging compassionate visions of the future.
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Children's and Young Adults' Social and Moral Interactions with a Humanoid Robot1
Robovie Claiming Responsibility and Asserting Authority (1 of 2)
(2 minutes, 47 seconds)
Robovie Claiming Responsibility and Asserting Authority (2 of 2)
Robovie Pays a Compliment and Makes a Joke
Robovie Shares a Personal Interest and Elicits the Participant's Opinion
Robovie Requests Help and Orients the Participant to a Map
Meeting the Robot for the First Time
Walking with the Robot
Witnessing a Moral Violation to a Robot Following
a Game of "I-Spy"
(3 minutes, 20 seconds)
1This current research is being conducted in collaboration with Hiroshi Ishiguro and Takayuki Kanda at Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) in Kyoto, Japan. The robot used in this study is ATR's Robovie.