Robotics in the Anthropocene


Humans dominate nature.

Within only a few thousand years, humanity has claimed a key position for itself in nature. We have created a network composed of billions of individuals, as well as an all-new global ecological system. Humankind would not have come this far without technology. The development of specific instruments that aid in the mastery of life has led to the creation of artificial intelligence—soon maybe humans will also be replaceable.

The idea of the Anthropocene attempts to erase the dualism of (good) nature versus (evil) humans and their technology. Instead, it describes the nature-culture-technology society as one integrated and complex system. In turn, every individual, not just people in positions of power, have the ability and the responsibility to significantly influence and improve this newly defined “Us-World” however they can.


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UK workshop series: Rethinking the nature/culture divide

The Anthropocene – the geological concept highlighting that humans have had a fundamental influence on the geological epoch, increasingly transgressing planetary limits – is held to mark the end of the nature/culture divide. Nature can no longer be taken for granted, imagined to be fixed and immutable, but is instead understood as an active agent, as ecological threats and risks increasingly dominate our thinking. Culture – human action – is no longer something that operates in a separate sphere but produces the scientific phenomena that it once set out merely to observe. This series of seven workshops aims to explore what the end of the nature/culture divide means for living in the anthropocene.