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HumanTech Meetings II: My colleague, the robot. Managing and collaborating with non-humans

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HumanTech Meetings II: My colleague, the robot. Managing and collaborating with non-humans

Industrial robots have been working in factories for years, and there is no controversy about it. However, gradually robots and various kinds of algorithmic systems will take over more and more of our responsibilities. They will also carry out a growing number of complex tasks, requiring decision-making and supervision over humans. Workplaces will have to adapt to the new reality.

28th March 2022
17:15-20:00 CEST (UTC+2)
online

The first meeting of the 2nd edition of HumanTech Meetings will welcome authors of publications on the impact of technology on social change: Paweł Fortuna, author of the book Optimum. Idea cyberpsychologii pozytywnej (Optimum. Idea of Positive Cyberpsychology), and Matthew Gladden, author of the book Posthuman Management. The meeting will be hosted by Konrad Maj, Ph.D., Head of the HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovation at SWPS University.

In 2021, the HumanTech Meetings project was granted an additional PLN 250,000 (EUR 52 828,75) by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEiN), as part of the funding scheme “Społeczna odpowiedzialność nauki – Popularyzacja nauki i promocja sportu” (Social responsibility of science – Popularization of science and sport), (project no. SONP/SN/514650/2021), project duration: 2022-2023.

Lectures will be held in Polish and English and will be translated simultaneously.

The event is held under the auspices of Strefa Technologii (Technology Zone) of SWPS University.

During the meeting, you will be able to win a book by Pawel Fortuna, "Optimum. The Idea of Positive Cyberpsychology", issued by the partner of our event, PWN Group.

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Paweł Fortuna "Optimum. The Idea of Positive Cyberpsychology"

HumanTech Meetings

We live in an era of innovation, technological progress and digitalization. This current innovation drive may lead to unpredictable psychological and social outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to establish collaborations between engineers, programmers, IT specialists and social scientists during initial phases of any new projects related to development of new technologies or services. Such collaborations may help to avoid mistakes and can support better development of new ideas.

The project is planned as a series of meetings, gathering academics and professionals from the technology sector from Poland and other countries. Each meeting will include two lectures, one delivered by a speaker from Poland and one presented by a guest from another country. The lectures will be followed by panel discussions, where panelists will represent different approaches to innovation and technology.

HumanTech Meetings is a project of SWPS University's Center for Social and Technological Innovation.

HumanTech Center is the only research center in Poland that comprises both social and technological innovations, and the only center of its kind operating at a university, which specializes in social sciences and humanities.

The panel will be hosted by

Michal Boni
Ph.D.
Michał Boni
Is a Doctor of Humanities, politician (1989-2019), minister in many governments, and the first Minister of Digitalisation in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a public policy negotiator, creator of the Poland 2030 Report, and reports on youth. Member of the European Parliament (2014-2019), active in digital fields - starting from privacy protection and ending with the development of 5G networks.

  1. Lecture 1: AI, social robotics, and the posthuman workforce: a revolution in two senses?

    In a growing number of industries, social robots and advanced AI are becoming ever more closely integrated into workers’ daily lives. While such technologies lack the range of capacities possessed by human beings, they are increasingly capable of gathering data, making decisions, and acting on their own to advance an organization’s strategic interests while engaging in complex social interactions. What roles remain for human beings to play in such posthumanized workplaces? How do organizational structures change, depending on whether we imagine ourselves to be AI’s “developers,” “users,” “supervisors,” “coworkers,” or “subordinates”? How does our relationship to AI affect the kinds of skills that will be essential for human workers in the future? And is the growing adoption of workplace AI really an unprecedented step into a new form of organizational life – or might it instead mark a return to ancient and increasingly forgotten approaches to managing human enterprises?

    Matthew Gladden
     
    Matthew Gladden

    Strives to understand how AI can contribute positively to the human workplace and to design AI-based systems that help accomplish that. He’s the author of several books and 25+ peer-reviewed articles published by outlets like Ashgate, Routledge, Springer, and The MIT Press regarding the organizational impacts of AI, the phenomenon of technological posthumanization, and the emerging concept of Society 5.0. He serves as a data scientist and AI architect with BRAD Management Consulting in Warsaw and is a member of the research team of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cybercommunication Research (CAICR) at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz. He has served as a project advisor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science and guest-lectured at numerous universities. In the United States, he served as CEO, COO, and CHRO of various organizations in the research, consulting, and software industries. He also taught philosophy at Purdue University and is an award-winning computer game designer. He is the creator of Synaptans WorkforceSim, an open-source Python platform for assessing AI-based approaches to predictive analytics in the workplace.

  2. Lecture 2: I hope you are not an algorithm: overcoming psychological barriers to acceptance of artificial entities as a challenge for managers

    With the rapid development of systems based on artificial intelligence, the number of tasks that both humans and algorithmic systems can perform is increasing. As a result, Homo sapiens now has a tough competitor in the labor market. Furthermore, as consumers, we are increasingly experiencing uncertainty regarding the quality of services offered by artificial entities. These kinds of concerns can take the form of an aversion to algorithms. Such a condition manifests itself in the depreciation and rejection of systems based on artificial intelligence even when they perform tasks at or above the human level. According to the research results, it is possible to predict situations in which aversion to algorithms may appear. On the other hand, it is also possible to indicate factors conducive to its reduction. The lecture will present data on this subject and identify business areas where the aversion to algorithms is most visible and requires special attention from managers.

    Paweł Fortuna
    Ph.D.
    Paweł Fortuna

    Is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Experimental Psychology of the Catholic University of Lublin, a lecturer at Kozminski University, and a creator of positive cyberpsychology. His main research interests include the reception of artificial intelligence, as well as the design and implementation of artificial systems that are adapted for the well-being of the user. He is an author and co-author of seventeen books (the latest is "Optimum. The idea of positive cyberpsychology"). Three of them were awarded the Theophrastus Award for the best psychology book of the year. Composer and lyricist, member of the Polish Association of Writers and Composers (ZAiKS).

Panel Discussion and Panelists

Anita Pollak
Ph.D.
Anita Pollak

Is a research and didactic employee at the Institute of Psychology, University of Silesia. Her scientific interests include work and organizational psychology as well as clinical psychology. She conducts research on functioning in organizations and stress at work. She is interested in the changes in the method of performing work assignments, especially cooperating in virtual teams, acting as a leader in project teams, and using robots in the industry. Her research conducted in Industry 4.0 includes studies on factors of stress experience in the human-robot relationship and job performance with robots. In her studies, she incorporates new technologies to study psychophysiological responses. She is an author and co-author of several publications and reports on work and organizational psychology published in national and international scientific journals.

Artur Modliński
Ph.D.
Artur Modliński

Is the Head of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cybercommunication Research at the Faculty of Management of the University of Lodz and a researcher at the CITAD International Research Centre at Lusiada University in Portugal. His research interests include the adoption of new technologies and posthuman management. He has described and researched various constructs, such as the phenomenon of techno empowerment and technoization.

Konrad Maj
Ph.D.
Konrad Maj

Is a social psychologist, the manager of HumanTech Meetings, the initiator and manager of the HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovation. In his research and teaching he focuses on social influence, media psychology, and innovations. Recently, he has been working on a Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) project. From 2013 to 2016, he held the post of Rector’s Representative for Research, focusing on practical application of research results and social innovations. He visited numerous innovation centers, including the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, the ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Design Factory at Aalto University, in Finland, to exchange expertise and best practices.

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Organizer:

Center for Social and Technological Innovation HumanTech

Partners:

  • Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne

Date and location

28th March 2022 (Monday)

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Coordinator: Ewa Łuczak

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In 2021, the HumanTech Meetings project was granted an additional PLN 250,000 (EUR 52 828,75) by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEiN), as part of the funding scheme “Społeczna odpowiedzialność nauki – Popularyzacja nauki i promocja sportu” (Social responsibility of science – Popularization of science and sport), (project no. SONP/SN/514650/2021), project duration: 2022-2023, total value: PLN 305,472 (EUR 65 251,67).

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