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HumanTech Meetings II: Mind Over Metal. Redefining Work in the Age of Automation

HumanTech Meetings II: Mind Over Metal. Redefining Work in the Age of Automation

As robots boldly enter the labor market, they rewrite its rules and reshape our responsibilities. On the one hand, automation and artificial intelligence promise increased economic efficiency. On the other hand, this progress comes at the cost of rendering certain jobs obsolete. In their place, new professions will emerge, but the big question looms: in the workplace of the future, who will come out on top—man or machine? To tackle this pivotal question and explore the future of work, join us for the upcoming HumanTech Meeting.

June 16, 2023
15:45–18:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Cambridge Innovation Center in Warsaw / online

Working side by side with a robot

While we prepare for the inevitable changes in the way we work, it is essential to consider how humans and machines interact. How will automation impact our efficiency? Will it trigger social conflicts fueled by job insecurities? Furthermore, how can companies successfully navigate the realm of digital transformation? Overcoming employees' reluctance to change and actively involving them in the process become crucial considerations.

These issues will take center stage at the upcoming HumanTech Meeting. Join us as we delve into thoughtful discussions with esteemed guests, including Tamilla Triantoro, Associate Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems at Quinnipiac University (USA), and Dr. Artur Modlinski from the Department of Management at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. Together, we'll unravel the complexities and seek valuable insights for the future.

Dr. Konrad Maj, Head of the Center for Social and Technological Innovation HumanTech at SWPS University, will open the meeting. The lectures will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Michał Boni.

Lectures will be held in Polish and English and will be translated simultaneously. In-person attendees are advised to bring phones and headphones to access the translation.

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

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.

  1. Artur Modliński: The Limits of Automation and Robotization in the Era of Revolution 4.0

    In the era of the digital revolution, automation and robotization are regarded as crucial innovations. Their impact is most noticeable in automating repetitive and routine tasks, relieving employees and reducing the risk of burnout. However, as cognitive robotization advances, its significance expands for both organizations and employees. In this lecture, we will explore the boundaries of robotization and automation, drawing from original research studies discussing the role conflict between man and machine, the phenomenon of techno-empowerment, as well as the technoization and re-manualization of robotic processes.

  2. Tamilla Triantoro: Humans First. Navigating the AI-Powered Workplace

    In this lecture, we will explore the AI-powered workplace and how it affects humans in the future of work. We will delve into how people feel about working alongside machines, whether it brings joy or fear, and the changes that come with it. We will discuss how organizations can proactively respond to this shift by creating AI-powered workplaces that are human-centered, where machines are designed to augment human abilities and support their well-being. We will also explore new roles, skills, and collaborations that will arise in this new era of work and how individuals can thrive in this AI-powered future.

Keynote Speakers

Portrait photo of Tamilla Triantoro, keynote speaker at HumanTech Meeting hosted by SWPS University
Tamilla Triantoro
Ph.D.
Is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems at Quinnipiac University. With expertise in artificial intelligence, human-AI collaboration, and the future of work, she brings valuable insights to her field. Her research has taken her across the globe, and she presented her findings in over 100 countries across six continents. She obtained her Ph.D. from the City University of New York, where she conducted extensive research on online user behavior. Dr. Triantoro's work is distinguished by her profound comprehension of the human factor. She is dedicated to advancing the field of business analytics and fostering effective collaboration between humans and AI. Moreover, she is deeply committed to ensuring that her research positively impacts society.
Portrait photo of Artur Modliński, keynote speaker at HumanTech Meeting hosted by SWPS University
Artur Modliński
Ph.D.
Conducts research in the field of posthuman management and algorithmic organizations. He combines theories from ethology, anthropology, evolution, and psychology to explain phenomena in the area of organization management. He works at the Department of Management at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. Since 2019, he has been the head of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cybercommunication Research. Additionally, he contributes as a researcher at various institutions, including the International Research Center (CITAD) at Lusiada University, the Urban Sensorial Laboratory in Lisbon, the Iris Ancona Institute in Riga, the Augmented Human Intelligence & Digital Ergonomics Lab at the Universita di Pavia in Italy, the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation in Florence, and the European Foundation for Human Development. Dr. Modliński has described and explored numerous constructs, including the phenomenon of techno-empowerment, technosis, technologically sustainable organizations, technoization, organizational anastomosis, bifurcation structure, and the carnal collapse effect. Through field research, he has observed the phenomenon of human robbing robot (HRR) and conceptualized the Manualization of Automated Processes (MPZ). He has also examined the conflict of organizational roles between humans and machines, which he refers to as Human Machine Trans Role Conflict (HMTRC). Notably, in collaboration with posthumanist Matthew Gladden, he has developed a metaphor representing the organization as a cyborg.

Panelists

Portrait photo of Leon Ciechanowski
Leon Ciechanowski
Ph.D.

Is an Assistant Professor and post-doc in the Department of Network Society Management at Kozminski University. His work revolves around various aspects of human-computer interaction design, online disinformation analysis, and data science with a focus on natural language processing (NLP), social network analysis (SNA), and developing algorithms using machine learning and deep neural networks. He has collaborated with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on studies involving chatbot and robot interactions, as well as wearable technology research. In addition, he serves as a consultant in diverse sectors including banking, data analytics, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. He contributes to enhancing business and industrial processes by leveraging artificial intelligence algorithms, . Furthermore, he holds the position of Senior AI Engineer at Polski Biogaz and is a co-founder and CTO of Run Pixie.

Portrait photo of Cynthia Hood
Cynthia S. Hood
Ph.D.

Is a Fulbright Scholar at Poznań University of Technology. She is also an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is also the director of the Wireless Networks, Communication and Policy Research Center, and a member of Socially Responsible Modeling, Computation, and Design (SoReMo). In addition, she is a Research Fellow in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hood is passionate about increasing diversity in computing and is an academic alliance member of the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) and advises IIT’s ACM-W student chapter. Her current research focuses on the automation of spectrum analysis. Her other research interests include data management, sociotechnical systems, ethics, and computing in public policy.

The panel will be hosted by

Portrait photo of Michał Boni from SWPS University
Michał Boni
Ph.D.

Holds a doctoral degree in humanities. He is a former politician (1989-2019), Minister of Administration and Digitization (2011-2013), and a former member of the European Parliament (2014-2019). He is also a public policy negotiator specializing in public affairs. Dr. Boni is the author of “Poland 2030 Report” and several reports on youth. His professional interests include protection of personal data and development of the 5G network.

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Organizer

Center for Social and Technological Innovation HumanTech

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Date and location

June 16, 2023 (Friday), 15:45–18:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Trend House, Cambridge Innovation Center, Chmielna 73 and online

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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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