Virtual Reality Experiment for socSMC

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Jan Bremer and Marius Knorr are two young researchers from the Department of Neurophysiologie, UKE, Hamburg. In 2018 they got involved in the FET (Future and Emerginging Technologies) Proactive project socSMCs. The project, which ended last September 2019, faced the challenge of making robots more socially competent, as their integration in social context becomes more and more omnipresent in our society. The hypothesis on which the project lays its foundation is that social interactions are grounded in basic sensorimotor interaction patterns. SensoriMotor Contingencies (SMCs) is a theory that explains how action and perception are constitutive to one another and build the foundation of consciousness. Its application in human-robots social interactions may improve our capacity to create socially competent robots. This video created by Jan and Marius explores SMCs theory with an experiment: two people are supposed to meet and interact in virtual reality - as if they met in real life - and perform tasks with each other. In a follow-up experiment the same participants interact either with a human, as in the first experiment, or with an artificial intelligence (without being told which of the options they are given) and finally they have to tell with whom they interacted with, in this follow-up. More information about the project:

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