My doctoral research investigates the current status of social robot development to determine the degree of self-awareness demonstrated when interacting with others. How well can robots articulate their needs and desires to other people through language? How much do robots know about themselves? I argue that as we improve a robot's ability to interact with people, the more likely it will be to develop a sense of self as a result of language learning within a social environment.
The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.