Transforming the Future Seminar #7 – “Anticipating Anthrobotic Minds”

When :

from Tuesday 29 October, 2019
14:30
to Tuesday 29 October, 2019
16:30

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room III, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Riel Miller, r.miller@unesco.org; Eleonora Di Pilato, e.di-pilato@unesco.org

UNESCO, as a pioneering force in the development of Futures Literacy worldwide since 2012, will organise a seminar on “Anticipating Anthrobotic Minds: The Integration of Analytical, Dialectical and Crealectical Intelligences” with Luis de Miranda, researcher at Örebro University, Sweden, where he founded CREA (Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation) in 2018.

This workshop will focus on “anthrobotic” interplays, emerging from our sociotechnical assemblages of humans and algorithms, and how we look for the future, by proposing a minimal epistemology that distinguishes three complementary modes of understanding: analytical (with a focus on operations), dialectical (with a focus on tensions), crealectical (with a focus on creations).

The event will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in Room III, on 29 October 2019.

Luis de Miranda, PhD (University of Edinburgh, November 2017), is a philosopher, historian of ideas and an international author of non-fiction and fiction. He works at the core intersection of two extremes: technicity and cosmicality, within the Creal conceptual framework. As a thinker of technology, Luis de Miranda conducts research and experiments within Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Future Studies in the group he founded in 2018 at the University of Örebro, Sweden: CREA (Cross-disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation). As a thinker of cosmicality, he is developing since 2008, both in essays, novels and practice, the concept of Creal and the crealectical framework, a non-anthropocentric meta-analytic and meta-dialectic interlacing of the human experience and the cosmic creative deployment, in the lineage of process philosophers such as Hegel, Bergson, Whitehead and Deleuze. Luis is also the founder of the Philosophical Parlour in Stockholm, were he offers individual and collective philosophical counselling.

An understanding of effectual anticipations regarding the present and the future cannot ignore our “anthrobotic” interplays, emerging from our sociotechnical assemblages of humans and algorithms (de Miranda et al., 2016). If we are to avoid a self-inflicted technological determinism, it won’t be by ignoring the anthrobotic becoming of our nature, but by integrating it within our concerns about freedom, self-determination and agency, in perpetual need of creative regeneration (de Miranda, 2017). This seminar will focus less on where we look for the future and more on how we look for it, by proposing a minimal epistemology that distinguishes three complementary modes of understanding: analytical (with a focus on operations), dialectical (with a focus on tensions), crealectical (with a focus on creations). Within this triple synthetic framework, the distinction between strategies of unification, dynamics of reconciliation, and practices of regeneration will be analyzed. More concretely, and to take Unesco’s slogan seriously (“Building Peace in the Minds of Men and Women”), Luis de Miranda will explain how his epistemological work is motivated by his own practice of care as philosophical therapist (at The Philosophical Parlour, Stockholm).

Luis de Miranda, Ram Rammamorthy and Michael Rovatsos (2016). “We, Anthrobot: Learning from Human Forms of Interaction and Esprit de Corps to Develop More Diverse Social Robotics”, in What Social Robots Can and Should do. Amsterdam: IOS Press, pp. 48-56.

Luis de Miranda (2017) “On the Concept of Creal: The Politico-Ethical Horizon of a Creative Absolute”, in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research, ed. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Louvain: Leuven University Press, pp. 510-516.

Please register by sending an email to Eleonora Di Pilato, e.di-pilato@unesco.org.