Futurelab Day

Humanity of the Future

Hideaki Ogawa (JP/AT), Guy Ben-Ary (AU), Kasia Chmielinski (US), Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP), Akane Kikuchi (JP), Martina Mara (AT), Sarah Newman (US), Nathan John Thompson (AU)

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Thu Sep 8, 2022, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
All times are given in Central European Time (CET / UTC +1).
Ars Electronica Center, Sky Loft (Floor 3)

Panel Discussion

Observing the possibilities presented by life science, brain science, artificial intelligence, artificial life, and robotics, we can see the essence of our sense of life and hints of a new humanity. In this century and the next, what kind of technosphere will we live in? Science gives us new knowledge, technology shows us new possibilities, and art embodies meaning and creates new dialogue. This session will deepen the discussion on the new humanity inspired by this mixture.

Hideaki Ogawa (JP/AT), Ars Electronica Futurelab


16:00–17:30 Humanity of the Future – Panel Discussion (EN)

Symposium with:
Guy Ben-Ary (AU) – Researcher, SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia
Kasia Chmielinski (US) – researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School, 2022 Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity for “The Data Nutrition Project”
Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP) – PhD Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University and Director of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories
Akane Kikuchi (JP) – developer of Akane Kikuchi Design, currently running KiQ
Martina Mara (AT) – Professor of Robopsychology at Johannes Kepler University Linz
Sarah Newman (US) – Director of Art & Education at metaLAB at Harvard University, 2022 Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity for “The Data Nutrition Project”
Nathan John Thompson (AU) – Researcher, Engineer, Manipulator of Life, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia

Q & A


Guy Ben-Ary (AU): Interested in how art initiates public debate on the challenges arising from the existence of liminal lives, Guy Ben-Ary creates artworks designed to problematize emergent bio-technologies’ influence on the shifting forces that govern and determine life, death and sentience.

Kasia Chmielinski (US) is the Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project and a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on building responsible data systems across industry, academia, government, and non-profit domains. When not thinking about data, Kasia is usually cycling or birdwatching around the Northeastern US.

Martina Mara (AT) gratuated in Communication studies at the University of Vienna and earned her doctorate in Psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau with a dissertation on the user acceptance of anthropomorphic machines. After having worked for non-university research institutions such as the Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Institute of Design Research Vienna for more than a decade, she became Professor of Robopsychology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz in April 2018. Her current research interests include public attitudes towards robotics and AI, psychological effects of simulated human-likeness and intention signaling of mobile and collaborative robots. Mara is a member of the Austrian Council for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (ACRAI). She is a newspaper columnist who writes for a wide audience, regularly commenting on what is going on in the world of technology. In 2018, she received the BAWAG Women’s Prize and the Futurezone Award in the category “Women in Tech.”

Hiroshi Ishiguro (JP) – PhD Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering Science at Osaka University and Director of Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories

Sarah Newman (US) is Director of Art & Education at metaLAB at Harvard and Co-Founder of the Data Nutrition Project. Working at the intersection of research and art, Newman’s work engages with technology’s role in human experience. In addition to her art practice, she is also an educator, where she uses creative materials to address interdisciplinary research problems. Newman’s work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Rome, and London, and she has held artist residencies in Germany, Sweden, and Italy. Newman’s work with the Data Nutrition Project includes designing tools and practices for responsible AI development, and leading the team’s research and educational initiatives. Newman holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Recent fellowships and awards include: Berkman Klein Fellow, AI Grant Fellow, Harvard Assembly Fellow, Fellow at the Royal Society of Art, Rockefeller Bellagio Resident, and artist-in-residence at Northeastern University. She is a current grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts working on a project on technology and criminal justice.

Nathan Tompson (AU) works with dissipitave systems to harness thier inherent chaotic nature. He manipulates life to question and critique humanity’s position in the everchanging contemporary environment.