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Lecture series


Robots, digitization, artificial intelligence: Technical developments set a new stage for human-machine interaction and present societies with unknown challenges. While new inventions already permeate production, professions and our everyday lives, technology supporters and sceptics alike are discussing the changes on all levels of society. How will coming generations of robots interact with humans? What will future operation rooms look like? Will robots replace us at work?

The interdisciplinary lecture series offers an opportunity to engage critical research positions and arguments. Established scholars will cover the field from technical innovations and challenges to legal, sociological and political questions, including the historical origins of machine learning. 

Three lectures are in English:

September 19, 2018 
Industrial and service robots: State of the art and future trends  
Dr. Arturo Baroncelli, International Federation of Robotics

October 17, 2018
Machine learning and natural language processing: Predicting judicial decisions
Dr. Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, School of Law, 
The University of Sheffield

November 21, 2018
Robots and caregiving in Japan: Treating a society in traum 
Prof. Dr. Jennifer Robertson 
Departments of Anthropology and the History of Arts, University of Michigan

Please see our German website for the complete program.