PRG Seminar Series


Robotics and Computer Vision

A Talk on

Robot pain is a key component for the artificial conscious mind
(empathy and new ethics)

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Time: 4:00 PM

Room IRB 4105

Minoru Asada

Professor of Adaptive Machine Systems

Graduate School of Engineering

Osaka University, Japan


In my talk, I discuss how pain sensation could be essential for conscious mind for humans and robots according to the following working hypotheses. (1) Embedding touch/pain nervous system into robots. (2) Can robots use this to understand touch/pain in others (Mirror Neuron System)? (3) Can empathy and proto-morality emerge? (4) Could robots be agents who could be moral being, and subjects to moral consideration.? (5) Legal system for robots and AI will be considered. (The number indicates the order of my confidence.)


Dr. Minoru Asada, the vice president of International Professional University of Technology (IPUT) in Osaka, JAPAN (2021~), a specially-Appointed Professor of Osaka Univ. (2019~), a visiting professor of Chubu University Academy of Emerging Sciences (2022~), A principal investigator of Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) (2017~). He is a former president of Robotics Society of Japan (2019-2021), and the vice President of Japanese Society of Baby Science (2019~), and one of the founders of RoboCup (1997~).