Whether in literature, movies or TV series, for decades humans have been projecting an artificial intelligence into a more or less humanoid or animal body, or an avatar. We dream of an assistant, or even a companion, while we fear a predator, a substitute. How much of this is fantasy, how much is marketing, and how much is concrete, technical reality in the development of these so-called “social” agents?
To share this question, a discussion on the deeply interactional and social nature of human language is one way to, on the one hand, update the nuances that exist between Siri or Alexa and a person who says hello to us, and, on the other, not too radically condemn the technological development of AIs. The discussion is also expected to focus on the interaction between the robot and the children in foreign language learning context based on experiences conducted in Finnish classes. How do children respond verbally and emotionally to robots in language learning situations?
The round table will comprise 4 experts, working on these topics and will be moderated by Jean-Philippe Payette, French teacher at the European School of Helsinki
(Event in english)