The Ars Electronica Futurelab is a laboratory and atelier for future systems. As the think-and-do tank of the Ars Electronica, it always places the human being at the center of the research, considering the social aspects of technological developments such as artificial intelligence, robotics, media architecture, interactive technologies, new aesthetic forms of expression or swarm intelligence and their effects on the future of society.
At the interface of art, technology, and society, it creates future visions, which are realized for the public, together with cooperation partners from the fields of business, culture, research, and education. It networks and discusses the methods of creativity and technology to accompany this development, and shapes future trends and visions. It develops new concepts for an autonomous future society in an inspiring field of tension between disciplines and transnational cooperation.
Every year, Ars Electronica Futurelab takes part in the Ars Electronica Festival with the interactive format Open Futurelab, a platform that showcases and discusses Ars Electronica Futurelab’s latest research findings and collaborative projects with research partners. In 2020, this open lab will not only host physical exhibitions and talks in Linz, but also various experimental projects online to deepen discussions about how to envision the future for the new conditions facing humanity.
In this opening talk, the directors of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, Horst Hörtner, Roland Haring and Hideaki Ogawa, will talk about the role of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, its current research topics and projects as well as what you can expect at Open Futurelab this year.