In this talk, I shall address a topic that is often viewed as a kind of crisis in itself: the artificial intelligence (AI) and robotisation permeating societies. It is expected, that robotisation will lead to massive unemployment when we a counting the loss of jobs statistically (e.g. Ford 2015, Frey and Osborne 2017) and on a more speculative note, that AI may open up for an uncontrolled superintelligence (Bostrom 2014). Another question, addressed by ethnographic studies of robot implementation (e.g. Blond 2019, Bruun et al. 2017) and the project REELER (Responsible and Ethical Learning with Robotics - respinsiblerobotics.eu) is how robots affect us as human beings in our everyday lives. Here the picture is not so black and white - new patterns emerge and with them new questions about how human well-being is affected when meaningful jobs disappear, but thrive when demeaning and dangerous jobs are taken over by robots. After Covid-19 we know that not only robots can extinguish jobs, but it is still relevant to discuss when and why humans can benefit from robots, and how AI and robotics in reality create new boundaries for human collectives embedded in everyday practices.
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