Aboagora 2013: The Human Machine

Aboagora 2013 discussed the complex relationships between man and machine. The human being itself can be viewed as a corporeal machine, an assemblage of forces, actions and mechanisms, from the optics of the eye to the processes of cognition. It is also possible to interpret the machine as an extension of human senses. The boundaries between man and machine can be blurred by using technological devices as integral parts of the human body. The theme “The Human Machine” can also pay attention to all practices that create humanness in a machine: How do we assume machines to feel and think? What kind of personal qualities do they have? Machines have also served as vehicles of human creativity, as tools but also as the expressions of abstract thought. Aboagora addressed this fascinating area, which has been a fertile ground for artistic and scientific exploration during recent decades.

Agora Speakers

Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading

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Timo Airaksinen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki

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Bruce Sterling, Science Fiction Author

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Mia Consalvo, Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal

Agora: Avatars, Players, Platforms and Participation