Torsdag 11 maj 2017

Conference Human-Robot Interaction



In the TV-Serie Westworld a new world is created, which tourists can visit and fulfil their dreams of violence, desires, and love. In the interaction with “human-like” robots the humans try to find their true self. This is a fiction-based story, but with several parallels to technological possibilities. We are not there yet, but researchers believe we will interact increasingly with robots. And in some regards we are already doing that through our cellphones for example, which opens for many possibilities and at the same time for a surveillance society George Orwell never had dreamed of. The new possibilities and threats from AI, surveillance, and new technology put us in a situation where we must deal with new kinds of ethical and political issues as well as a reorientation of human rights. Are the borders between humans, robots, apparatuses become increasingly fluent? What are the big existential, ethical, and political issues we have to face today? 

In this conference, we will meet Scientists, Engeneers, Theologians, Ethicists, and Philosophers. With different approaches, we will raise relevant questions about how today’s possibilities and threats points toward a near future.

Hans Liljenström, SLU and Agora for Biosystems, and Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, THS.

Date:  May 11th, 2017

Location:  Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden. You find us here:

Registration:  to no later than May 2nd.

Fee:  thank’s to Cusanus the conference is free of charge, but the lunch is not included. There are possibilities to eat at the campus.



09.30 -10.00 Coffee and registration 
10.00-10.15 Welcome and Introduction
Owe Kennerberg and Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson

Hans Liljenström: 
AI and Ethical dilemmas – a broad introduction to the field 
Moderator: Rikard Roitto


Amy Loutfi:
Human-Robot Interaction and Social Robotic Telepresence - Interacting with robots and via them
Moderator: Rikard Roitto

11.15-12.00Small discussion between Hans and Amy followed by Q & A from the audience. 
Moderator: Rikard Roitto
13.00-13.30Eric Stoddart:
Zacchaeus: Patron Saint of Surveillance?
Moderator: Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson
13.30-14.00Elin Palm:
Smart borders, humanitarianism and human rights
Moderator: Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson
14.00-14.30Small discussion between Eric and Elin followed by
Q & A from the audience.
Moderator: Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson
15.00-15.30Waldemar Ingdahl:
What does transhumanism say about future possibilities and threats?
Moderator: Rikard Roitto
15.30-16.00Henrik Åhman:
Interaction as existential practice: Being and becoming in a digital world
Moderator: Rikard Roitto
16.00-16.30Small discussion between Waldemar and Henrik followed by Q & A from the audience.
Moderator: Rikard Roitto
16.30-17.00Panel: How about the Future? What sorts of challenges and possibilities are we facing?
Moderator: Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson


Waldemar IngdahlWaldemar Ingdahl Waldemar Ingdahl is a spokesperson of the transhumanist organization Humanity+'s Swedish chapter, and a science journalist. He is the author several books on transhumanist topics such as "Som egenmäktiga gudar" (Timbro, 2002) about genetic engineering and biotechnology, "Cities on the Edge" (Steve Jackson, 2011) with Anders Sandberg and the anthology "Anticipating tomorrow's politics" (Transpolitica, 2015). 
Hans LiljeströmHans Liljenström is a theoretical biophysicist and professor at the Dept. of Energy and Technology, SLU, Uppsala, as well as the director of the research center Agora for Biosystems at the Sigtuna Foundation. His research area is mathematical modeling of biological networks and their dynamics. In particular, he has been working with artificial neural network for modeling cognitive neurodynamics, and is interested in the brain-mind problem.  
Amy LoutfiAmy Loutfi is a Professor in Information Technology at Örebro University. She currently heads the Center for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, a strong research environment whose focus is on the perceptual and cognitive abilities of autonomous systems. One of her research directions concerns human-robot interaction and in particular studies social robotic telepresence where humans use robots to interact with other humans. 
Elin PalmElin Palm is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE), Linköping University. Elin has conducted research within the areas of ICT-ethics, surveillance studies and migration studies. She has investigated the ethics of (i) workspace surveillance, (ii) surveillance-capable technology in home-based (health) care provision and (iii) surveillance systems in large-scale border governance. Currently, she focuses migration issues and since 2011 heads the research group: Ethics of Migration at CAE involving to doctoral students working on brain drain.
Rikard RoittoRikard Roitto teaches New Testament Studies and serves as Academic Dean for the Theological Programmes at Stockholm School of Theology. Roitto’s has recently analyzed early Christian rituals of forgiveness in the light of behavioural studies in a number of articles and book chapters. He is currently starting a new comparative project on conflict resolution together with Thomas Kazen, “The Dynamics of Moral repair in Antiquity”.
Eric StoddartEric Stoddart teaches Practical Theology in the School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is joint co-ordinator of the international Surveillance and Religion Network and is an associate director of his University’s Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics. Eric is the author of Theological Perspectives on a Surveillance Society: Watching and Being Watched (2011). 
Susanne Wigorts YngvessonSusanne Wigorts Yngvesson is Associate Professor in Ethics with Systematic Theology and Human Rights, and a lecturer at Stockholm School of Theology. She is co-ordinator of the international Surveillance and Religion Network, based at University of St Andrews. One of her research-projects concerns philosophical and theological approaches on surveillance. 
Henrik ÅhmanHenrik Åhman holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Department for Media Technology and Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, where he is currently employed as Lecturer. He has a background in Theology (BA from Stockholm School of Theology) and Library and Information Science (MSc from the University of Borås). His research focuses on existential aspects of technology with particular emphasis on how the philosophy of Mark C. Taylor can be used to deepen our understanding of the relationship between humans and computers.

Arrangörer THS och Cusanus