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Hybrid Societies: Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies

Overview of Research Areas

In the CRC Hybrid Societies, the interaction of humans with embodied digital technologies will be scientifically inquired from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Embodied Sensor and Motor Capabilities encompasses sensing, predicting, and executing movements when interacting with EDTs.

Artificial Bodies comprises attributing capabilities to EDTs based on the appearance of their artificial bodies and their behavior as well as experiencing artificial bodies as substitutes or extensions of the human body.

Shared Environments targets joint attention, spatial orientation, and coordinated behavior of humans and EDTs.

Intentionality in Hybrid Societies focuses on the attribution and communication of situation-specific intentions between humans and EDTs

These four research areas target important facets of the challenges posed when human minds and artificial intelligence encounter each other embodied in living and artificial bodies. Such encounters generate digital data, whose treatment and evaluation involve recurring tasks in data analysis. These as well as overarching responsibility issues concerning autonomous systems are addressed in dedicated intersecting projects. Thus, the CRC Hybrid Societies comprehensively addresses looming societal challenges. 

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