Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology
@ DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands
July 11 - 13th, 2018
- BA/MA Students: €15
- Early-Birds: €75
- General: €100
We are happy to invite you to a 3-day event around the topic of human-technology relations at the University of Twente. The conference intends to bring together scholars in philosophy of technology with the broader field of research in human-technology interaction. For this occasion, we are reaching out to philosophers, scholars, artists, designers, and engineers, in order to foster dialogue and creative collaborations around the interactions between humans, technologies, and society.
Intimate Technology workshop on July 11th
Sponsored by 4TU.Humans & Technology
The conference features a half-day workshop on July 11th on Intimate Technology. Personal and intimate technologies such as quantified self, mobile location sharing technology, social media, high-tech fashion, telepresence & mediated social touch technology, and virtual and robotic coaches in some sense “come close” to us in our daily lives. These digital technologies have many (potential) benefits, e.g., regarding health, efficiency, safety, and human connection. Yet they raise concerns about how they may affect us as human beings, in particular combined with the power of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. The intimate nature of these technologies gives rise to new kinds of vulnerabilities and risks, affecting physical, personal and social aspects of our identity. At the same time our openness and willingness to engage with the world is the birthplace of meaningful human experiences of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity.
In this workshop, we bring together researchers and practitioners from a range of areas including philosophy, art, and computer science to discuss and exchange ideas on how to shape intimate technologies that can contribute to human flourishing. Specifically, the workshop will focus on the effects on our vulnerability through the use of digital technologies following three main relations between users and technologies.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop and conference!
- Merijn Bruijnes
- Dirk Heylen
- Gijs Huisman
- Nicola Liberati
- Birna van Riemsdijk