Ars Electronica Center Contact: Emanuel Gollob & Magdalena May, Photo: Ars Electronica / Birgit Cakir

Me and the Machines

Do you trust machines? Does your robot vacuum cleaner already have a name? Alternating works, curated by the scientific team of the Robopsychology Lab at the JKU Linz, invite you to join in the research, try things out and reflect on how we deal with technology.

Artificial Intelligence, smart apps and robots are becoming omnipresent interaction partners. We accept their recommendations, we take decisions together, collaborate at work, and talk to them – sometimes almost like talking to real people. But what are these machines to us, how do we experience them as human individuals, with all our different needs and experiences? Are they welcome support or scary competitors, mere tools or social counterparts?

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Human thinking, feeling and behavior – these have always been central objects of psychology. Building on this, the Robopsychology Lab at Johannes Kepler University Linz has been researching since 2018 how people experience intelligent machines, how they behave towards them, and how needs of different groups of people are taken into account in technology development. Participatory and transdisciplinary research processes are of great importance for this.

Based on changing works, curated by the scientific team of the Robopsychology Lab, Me and the Machines invites to explore, try out and reflect. Questions explored together with the audience address aspects such as trust and understanding, rejection and acceptance, humanization of machines and dissociation from them. Join in, test your relationship with machine interaction partners, and contribute your opinion to scientific research.


  • AI Forest – The Mushroom Hunting Game

    AI Forest – The Mushroom Hunting Game

    Martina Mara, Benedikt Leichtmann, Marc Streit, Andreas Hinterreiter, Christina Humer, Moritz Heckmann, Birke van Maartens, Nives Meloni, Leonie Haasler, Gabriel Vitel & Stefan Eibelwimmer

    Go on a digital-analogue mushroom hunt in the AI Forest. Find three mushroom objects among the plants and scan them with one of our tablets. With each scan, a photo of a real mushroom appears on the screen and you have to decide: Poisonous or edible?

  • Contact


    Emanuel Gollob & Magdalena May

    With Contact, a first physical contact with a robot can be established. Perhaps, however, the feeling of an emotional connection arises from the joint interaction between human and machine long before the actual contact.