It seems daunting for many and exciting for others, but it’s inevitable. We will indeed be sharing our future with robots. Robots of all different shapes and sizes. Referring to robots in the workplace, Leslie Willcocks (Professor at the London School of Economics) views this working relationship in a refreshing light, stating how – “It [the robot] takes the robot out of the human.”
A visit to the art manifestation Robot Love in Eindhoven this autumn will surely get us excited for this future of business. At Robot Love a new view on this topic will be presented, through art. The insight of the artist gives us a different perspective to think about, and to explore, our relationships with robots.
Can you begin to picture a working relationship between humans and robots? Will we humans have more freedom to do interesting work? If yes, innovation will be stimulated. Creativity will flow. Yet one question remains, how will we really connect with our future robotic colleagues? Lets begin to look at bots in a more positive light. As friends, not foes!
Relating to Robots
In most relationships, you usually share certain similarities with the person. This could be, for example, a passion for your work or a hobby. We may not see it at first, but we share many similarities with robots. When we begin to recognize the similarities between humans and robots, relationships can begin to develop. Take a look at Dirk, the first free roaming robot.
Electric Circus (Fred Abels & Mirjam Langemeijer), “Dirk, the homeless robot”, 2014
The stereotypical image that many humans hold of robots (hard, shiny, cold) is broken down when we see and experience being around the homeless robot Dirk. Dirk has even been mistaken for a human at times. One time, he even got arrested in a shopping mall! Creator of Dirk, Fred Abels, sees Dirk as part-performance art and part-social experiment. Robots usually have a function. But by creating a homeless robot, the artist is making us think about the opposite of what we perceive robots to be. It is an interesting way for us to look at the relationships that we may have with robots. The curiosity is there. Is it now time to explore this curiosity? Robot Love is the perfect place to do so!
If we can relate to these machines, our attitudes and relationships with them can only become better. At Robot Love, you and your team can interact with, be intrigued by, and be inspired by these bots. You can begin to visualize how this future will function within your organization. Lets view it as evolution, not revolution. Artist Ine Poppe has created a loving chatbot, called PIP, for Robot Love. Working alongside a psychologist, the artist has created a chatbot who is filled with quotes from literature and personal conversations. The robot has the ability to build relationships with people. Ine Poppe wants to show us how technology might be used as a mirror so as we can better understand ourselves. So what are you waiting for? Start small. Have a chat with PIP, today. Who knows, maybe you can learn a thing or two from PIP!
So why not take the opportunity to connect with more art and robots this autumn in Eindhoven at Robot Love? Get inspired and start thinking about the future world that your organization will exist in.
Read more about Robot Love in our Dutch blog.
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