Designing Robots – Designing Humans

- a three-day seminar discussing our posthuman future

Designing Robots – Designing Humans was a public seminar on how robots will engage human beings as learners and cultural beings in the future. Robots are already in our public sector, but few consider the dynamic changes caused by this use of future technology. Together with a group of excellent robot researchers we discussed questions raised by new robot design and human-robot coexistence.

Speakers included:

Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology and the History of Art at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Lucy Suchman, Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK

Morana Alac, Associate Professor in Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA

Claudia Castaneda, Senior Scholar-in-Residence at B.A. Wellesley College; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Three days and three themes:

Tuesday March 25: Robots in Japan.
Wednesday March 26: Roboethics and Robot Rights.
Thursday March 27: Humanoid Robot Visions.

The seminar was a joint event hosted by Future Technologies, Culture and Learning, Department of Education, Aarhus University & ROCA (Robot Culture and Aesthetics) Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with Asian Dynamics Initiative, University of Copenhagen.