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Engineering empathy for the future of life

Pictured at the event, which took place at Ulster University’s Magee campus, is Professor Noel Sharkey.

How robots and people can connect in more meaningful ways to benefit everything from health, education and ethics to storytelling and security was the focus of a major international workshop hosted by Ulster University.

Over 100 delegates attended this pioneering workshop on digital empathy to hear from leading European experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, social sciences, arts and humanities, and life and health sciences.

The keynote speech and 2016 Ulster University Convocation Annual Lecture, was delivered by renowned scientist and head judge of the popular BBC programme `Robot Wars', Professor Noel Sharkey. His talk entitled ‘Robots: to protect and serve’ discussed the use of technology to read emotions and intentions for policing, border control war, and commercial sales, including the wider implications for privacy.