Social Machines – how will robotics change interaction between humans?

Could a robot be your friend or your parent’s caretaker? Could Siri be your coach or even your girlfriend? Improvements in social robots and Artificial Intelligence suggest that robots, digital and physical alike, are set to interact with us in more human-like ways. But what consequences will result from this development? Some people prefer the company of a pet to that of a human - could the same happen with robots? And should society grant its members this choice or would it erode the social fabric?

Join us for an exciting evening with experts and find out!



Naveen Shamsudhin: Engineer, currently at ETH researching the history of robotics.

Jean-Daniel Strub: Co-founder of ethix - Lab for innovation ethics and Brauer & Strub | Medizin Ethik Politik. Member of the city council Zurich.

Anne Scherer:  Professor for quantitative marketing at University of Zurich, investigating digitalization driven dehumanization.

Igor Krawczuk:  Doctoral student at EPFL, working on low energy machine learning hardware.


The evening starts with 4 short talks, continues with an interactive panel discussion, and ends with an Apéro. The event is part of the 100 Ways of Thinking Festival 2018 organized by the University of Zurich and the cogito foundation.