Skip to main content
Start main content

Distinguished Lectures in Humanities: Hybrid Agencies in Human - Artificial Agents Interactions

Distinguished Lectures in Humanities

Anna CIAUNICA_1000x540
  • Date

    02 Jul 2024

  • Organiser

    Faculty of Humanities

  • Time

    15:00 - 16:30

  • Venue

    FJ302 & Zoom  


The talk will be conducted in English.



Humans have long tried to make artificial versions of themselves. It is now well established that we attribute human-like states to artificial others. However, the effect of interacting with artificial minds and bodies on the human sense of self and self-identity is less understood. In this talk I will present theoretical and empirical work looking at embodied joint agency in human/ human versus human/ robotic and virtual agents. Specifically, I will outline the key role of the human embodiment and sense of self in establishing joint agency with artificial others. I will discuss key implications of these claims on recent efforts to design autonomous and interactive artificial others. I will introduce the notion of ‘hybrid agency’ to describe these new, technologically mediated ways to embody and control in tandem human and artificial minds and bodies in real and virtual environments.

About the speaker

Dr Anna CIAUNICA is a Principal Investigator at the University of Lisbon, Portugal; and Research Associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, the UK. Before that she was Research Associate at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London; and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. She obtained her PhD from the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.

Dr CIAUNICA is currently PI on three interdisciplinary projects looking at the relationship between self-consciousness, embodiment and social interactions in humans and artificial agents. Her work blends methods from cognitive psychology, social neuroscience, Virtual Reality and robotics to advance our understanding of the fundamental question ‘what is self-consciousness’ in humans, and how can we implement it in artificial agents.



Your browser is not the latest version. If you continue to browse our website, Some pages may not function properly.

You are recommended to upgrade to a newer version or switch to a different browser. A list of the web browsers that we support can be found here