The Affective & Cognitive Institute is commited to the so-called “third mission”. It is important for us to make research accessible and easy to understand. In our comics we use the benefits of illustration and story to teach about social robots, artificial intelligence and affective HCI.

Third mission comics:

Social Robot – A Science Comic

Third Mission Comic - Cover of Social Robots

When a valuable robot is stolen from a research institution, detective Kira is get her first case. During her investigations, she dives deep into the world of social robots. Meeting not only scientists but also anti-robot activists, Kira is confronted with varying perspectives on technological progress and automation.

“Social Robots – A Science Comic” is a project of the Affective & Cognitive Institute (ACI) and covers research on acceptance of social robots. This science comic aims to communicate the future development of social robotics to the general public. This is crucial, as robotics and artificial intelligence will drastically change the labor market and society.

The comic especially aims to provide a new perspective on social robots in health care. In the entertaining detective story, different aspects of social robotics are explained. The story covers a variety of subjects ranging from real-life examples of social robots like Paro to the emotional arguments of anti-robot activists. Thus, the comic can serve as an entry-point to the complex field of research and technology. It is intended for everybody interested in the topic and planned to be integrated in teaching at schools.

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This project is the result of a
cooperation with AGYA
(Arab-German Young Academy)