Talk of Prof. Andreas Muxel on “AUTOMATA: Non-trivial Interactions with Trivial Machines”

Robots are no longer just “better” or more “efficient” workers in factory halls, they also become co-actors in our daily lives, for example autonomous vacuum cleaners, chatty voice assistants or care robots. Sharing our home with these domestic automata we almost attribute human characteristics, emotions and aliveness to our technical counterpart, but we have to accept that the rational machine is something else. But how might future technology be shaped if machines evolve from trivial tools to technological counterparts. What does interaction with proactive technology mean for designing artifacts and their behavior?

The group of Consumer Informatics likes to join the theme of the world usability year this year, “Human-centered AI”, and invites you to join in a keynote talk of Prof. Andreas Muxel on “AUTOMATA: Non-trivial Interactions with Trivial Machines”. The talk focuses on the physical appearance and behavior of artifacts, in particular on self-moving principles to support also social interactions.

Andreas Muxel is Professor for “Physical Human-Machine Interfaces” at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, Faculty of Design where he founded and directs the HYBRID THINGS LAB. In his artistic research and design practice he is always looking for a poetical and engaging way of interaction with things, regardless of whether they are hardware or software. He creates hybrid artifacts and spaces for all senses blurring the boundaries between the rational and the irrational. His projects have been shown internationally (p.ex. Ars Electronica Festival Linz, FILE Festival São Paulo, TodaysArt Festival Brussels) and awarded (p.ex. Honorary Mention Prix Ars Electronica, VIDA Award, Share Prize). At the HYBRID THINGS LAB future perspectives of human-machine interaction are explored and demonstrated. The lab has a strong focus on embodied interaction with acting things in-between the physical and the non-physical, offering new perspectives to support the dialogue between human and abstract machine.

The talk is free of charge and open for everyone who is interested to Human AI interaction.

We will meet on Wednesday December 16. at 6 p.m.

The talk will be held via zoom. To join us use the link below: