Humanity and Robotinity

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“We do not treat robotics as a mere advanced tool technology. Robotics is a cultural technology.”
– Hideaki Ogawa, Director in the Ars Electronica Futurelab

What are the differences between machines and human beings? And how will the future of humanity look like together with bots? Collaboration between humans and robotic systems increasingly relies on successful communication. Robotinity is an analogy for a new kind of humanity that changes together with its society, its technology and the characteristics of its creators.

What will Robotinity of this era look like? With Humanity & Robotinity, Hideaki Ogawa, Director in the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Martina Mara, Head of LIT Robopsychology Lab at the JKU, reflect on the ambivalent relationship between man and machine. – An investigation at the beginning of the 21st century that characterizes one of the most significant stages in the history of mankind.
The origins, evolution and resolution of associated myths, utopias and dystopias are the subject of the fourth episode in the Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Anniversary series, produced on the occasion of its 25th birthday. Learn more about humans, robots and the future of work and why trust a collaborative robot on the Ars Electronica Blog.

Further episodes have been published in this series: Virtual Worlds, Poetic Systems, Creative (Artificial) Intelligence, Computation & Beyond and The Art of Swarms. Art Thinking and Alchemists of the Future, the final episodes in this series, will be presented at the 2021 Ars Electronica Festival.

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