Robopsychology and AI-Culture – Expert Talk

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The Graeber House at 410

410 East 6th Street

Austin, TX 78701

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When AI/robotics meet culture/society, many ethical and psychological questions arise: Who needs psychological counselling – robots or humans? Who should define ethical guidelines for AI? How can we avoid creating manipulative technology? These are some of the topics that German tech-author and Frankfurter Buchmesse VP Holger Volland is discussing with Prof. Martina Mara, researcher and robopsychologist from Johannes Kepler University Linz and member of the Austrian Robotics Council.

This event is organized by Frankfurter Buchmesse [#germanstories] and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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Event partner: THE ARTS+ [#theartsplus19]


About Martina Mara
Martina Mara is an Austrian tech psychologist and an expert on human-robot relations. After having worked for applied R&D 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. She earned her doctorate in Psychology (summa cum laude) at the University of Koblenz-Landau with a dissertation on the user acceptance of anthropomorphic machines. Her current research interests include public attitudes towards robotics and AI, the psychological effects of simulated human-likeness and intention signalling of collaborative robots. Martina Mara is a member of the Austrian Council on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and a board member of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. In her newspaper column „Schöne neue Welt“ (Oberösterreichische Nachrichten), she regularly writes about critical or funny aspects of technology in everyday life.

About Holger Volland

Holger Volland is a German tech author, keynote speaker and expert on the digital change of culture and the arts. He serves as Vice President and member of the executive board of Frankfurter Buchmesse and heads the book fair’s office in Beijing. In 2016 he founded THE ARTS+ a think tank event for technology in culture. As an Author ("The creative Power of Machines", BELTZ 2018) he publishes about interactions between artificial intelligence and culture. Over the course of his career, Holger has become known as a bridge between business and creative sectors, and his expertise for developing digital business models have helped numerous companies and organizations. Prior to joining the book fair, Holger served as head of marketing and communications with the German Booksellers and Publishers Association and head of brand communications at MetaDesign AG. Before, he led Leipziger & Partner as Managing Director, a digital marketing and communications consultancy which he founded in Berlin. He has held positions in media such as journalism, radio, television and online development and design and curated numerous exhibitions in Buenos Aires and Berlin.

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