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April 2019

Workshop & Discussion: Thinking about Robots

When you think about robots, killing machines like the legendary Terminator or lovable companions like the service robot Pepper often come to mind. These notions of seemingly intelligent and autonomous machines influence many of the expectations that exist around this technology, but do not necessarily reflect its actual capabilities. On 4 April, we will take a closer look at the discrepancy between technological reality and imagination and examine many of the meanings robots have for us humans.

The HIIG researchers Thomas Christian Bächle (Media Science) and Christian Katzenbach (Communication Science) together with the sociologists Andreas Bischof (TU Chemnitz) and Athanasios Karafillidis (HSU Hamburg) will address these questions in a scientific workshop with a concluding evening event.

The aim of the scientific part in the afternoon is to network researchers who are investigating the imaginations and implications of robotics. The workshop is aimed primarily at researchers from sociology, communication and media sciences, science and technology research and related disciplines.

The public evening event (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) begins with a "workshop talk" with documentary filmmaker Isabella Willinger, who talks about her film "Hi, AI" (2019), and ends with a cross-disciplinary discussion on the question "Do we think of the wrong robots?
Please register for the evening event using the registration form. If you are interested in taking part in the scientific programme, please write an e-mail to Marc Pirogan (HIIG).

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Christiane Matzen, M. A.

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