Papers invited for the inuaugural issue
What will robots be like ten, twenty and more years from now? What will they be able to accomplish? How will human-robot relationships have advanced? What place in society will be occupied
by robots? These are just some of the questions which will be debated in the pages of this new publication - the
Journal of Future Robot Life.
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence have had a huge impact on society, an impact that will only increase with further advances in hardware and software technologies. Robots are
the most remarkable product of these developments in computing and AI, many of them being designed in a humanlike form and endowed with humanlike capabilities: talking, hearing, seeing, moving and performing complex tasks such as dancing, conducting an orchestra,
rescuing victims at disaster sites, playing musical instruments, and beating a world champion at chess.
As robots become more humanlike in their appearance and their capabilities, and as they come to be regarded more and more as our companions and assistants in all aspects of daily life,
different questions beg to be answered. We need to contemplate what life will be like when robots can imitate human behaviour sufficiently to be regarded, in some sense, as our equals. And when we humans have adapted our ways of life in order to interact fully
with robots as alternative people, and to benefit fully from our relationships with them, such questions on the future of human-robot interactions and human-robot relationships are the
raison d'etre of this journal. What civil rights and legal rights should robots be granted? What are the ethics of humankind's interactions with robots? Will robots have empathy? Will their personalities
and emotions mimic our own? Will robots be programmed with social intelligence, or can they acquire it through a learning process? Will robots be alive in any humanlike sense, and if so, how?
Journal of Future Robot Life will attempt to answer these questions and many more. Following the inaugural issue the journal will be refereed in the normal way, and published by the Amsterdam-based publisher
of academic journals, IOS Press. Initially publication will be quarterly. The inaugural issue will be published during the first quarter of 2019.
Papers for the inaugural issue will not be refereed but will be by invitation. Prospective contributors are asked to send an abstract of their paper to
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by December15th 2018. For this inaugural issue the Editors-in-Chief are flexible as to the extent of the paper.
The topics which we group under the umbrella phrase "future robot life" are many and varied, and the list will doubtless expand with time.
We shall start with the following:
Are robots alive?
InplantandImplanted cyborg technologies
Laws relating to robots
Nanorobots in medicine
Robots as doctors
Robots as economists
Robots as lovers
Robots as politicians
Robots as psychiatrists/therapists
Robots as spouses
Robots as teachers
Robots in Entertainment
Robots in government
Robots on the battlefield
Social intelligence in robots
Swarm robot behaviour
We look forward to hearing from you.
Professor Adrian Cheok & Dr David Levy [Editors-in-Chief]