William Tomlinson

Designing Ethical Autonomous Characters

May 1, 2003, 6:00 pm   » 

The creation of an autonomous computational entity poses a number of
significant design challenges. What will it look like? What spectrum of
behaviors will it have? How will people interact with it? These challenges
become even more significant when the goal is to make a community of entities
that exhibit ethical behavior and elicit ethical behavior from people. What
factors will predispose people to engage in social and ethical interactions
with computer characters? How will the characters be able to respond in kind?
Bill Tomlinson will present his past work in the design of socially competent
autonomous characters, and describe his current agenda to make entities that
can engage in ethical behavior with each other and with people.

This lecture has a companion lecture at 12pm in UCLA's Computer Science
department, which will address the computational aspects of creating ethical
computational characters.

Bill Tomlinson is an autonomous character researcher, designer and animator.
His work has shown at venues including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and the
Sundance Film Festival, and has been reviewed by CNN, USA Today, the BBC,
Scientific American Frontiers, Leonardo, the LA Times and the Wall Street
Journal. Bill holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard College, an
MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and SM and PhD degrees in Media
Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. He currently teaches Digital Media at
the University of Central Florida.

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