Conversations with Robots

Alexa, why is your voice female? Hey Roomba, what do you do when you make a mistake?

During the workshop, you will get to experiment with robots in a speculatively and material way by enacting and interviewing them. Using a more-than-human design method, called Conversation with Agents, you will critically engage with different kinds of robots with the goal of defamiliarising yourself from their current technical limitations, and imagining them otherwise, i.e. as more-than-human agents within socio-technical networks. The workshop will also help you to reflect on the future implications of robot’s in society, expose robots’ hidden biases, and reveal the infrastructures of labor and data behind them. 

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Iohanna Nicenboim

Iohanna Nicenboim is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology, investigating AI through more-than-human design. Using design provocations, she focuses on the everyday relations between humans and artificial agents, and how that perspective proposes a shift from explanations of AI to shared understandings. Before starting her Phd, Iohanna worked for several years as a speculative designer, creating design fictions to highlight the ethics of living with smart technologies in future everyday life. 

Maria Luce Lupetti

Maria Luce Lupetti is a an Assistant Professor at TU Delft. Her research lays at the intersection of design, AI, and robotics. She holds a PhD cum laude in “Production, Management and Design” from Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2018). Her doctoral research, focused on human-robot interaction and play for children, was supported by the Italian telecommunication company TIM. Prior to this position, Maria Luce was a Research Fellow at Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions Institute (2018-2019)