EDEF – Can Machines Possess Emotions?

Patrick Levy-Rosenthal key speaker at the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival with



Artificial intelligence, the science of making clever machines, has resulted in programs that can win a game, recognise your face and even appeal against your parking ticket. AI has given machines linguistic skills and mathematical-logical reasoning abilities. Now research has been developed that is giving machines (including software agents, robotic pets, desktop computers, and more) skills of emotional intelligence, allowing them to have feelings and develop a personality. As technology advances AI systems will need to interact, communicate, and coexist with humans. This panel explores whether we are at the dawn of sentient artificial intelligence and what that really means for the human race….   EDEF