Announcement / March 2018

RSVP: CLTC Lunch Seminar with Juliana Schroeder, 3/22, 12pm

Thursday, 3/22, 12-1pm

Mistaking Minds and Machines: How Speech Affects Dehumanization and Anthropomorphism

Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Haas Management of Organizations Group

Treating a human mind like a machine is an essential component of dehumanization, whereas attributing a humanlike mind to a machine is an essential component of anthropomorphism.

Please join us on Thursday, March 22 at 12pm as Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor in the Haas Management of Organizations Group, will discuss her recent research, which focuses on how the voice can affect the likelihood of mistaking a person for a machine, or a machine for a person.

Her recent experiments demonstrated that “people are more likely to infer a human (vs. computer) creator when they hear a voice expressing thoughts than when they read the same thoughts in text. Adding human visual cues to text (i.e., seeing a person perform a script in a subtitled video clip) did not increase the likelihood of inferring a human creator compared with only reading text, suggesting that defining features of personhood may be conveyed more clearly in speech.”

She will explain her research and discuss implications for dehumanizing others through text-based media, and for anthropomorphizing machines through speech-based media.

Location: South Hall, Room 205, UC Berkeley Campus (map). This is the second presentation in CLTC’s 2018 Spring Seminar Series. A light lunch will be available for attendees who RSVP in advance.