A series of talks organized by the MAK in cooperation with the Arbeiterkammer, Vienna as part of the MAK FUTURE LABAdmission freeWork has become the determining factor of our identity. But human labor is increasingly being replaced by a workforce of self-learning
intelligent robots, and the economy appreciates people only as consumers. How does this impact our way of life, apart from
evident economic issues? Can we finally do what we have always wanted to do? Do we actually know what to do? Do we want robots
to relieve us from our labor? Could the relief eventually become a burden?Introduction:Maria Kubitschek, head of the Economics Department and Deputy Director of the Arbeiterkammer WienParticipants:Harald Gruendl, designer and founder, IDRV – Institute of Design Research ViennaChristian Korunka, Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of ViennaDoris Krüger/Krüger & Pardeller, artistWolfgang Price, economistDoris Rothauer, author and CEO of Büro für TransferChrista Schlager, head of the Economic Policy Department, Arbeiterkammer WienModerator:Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director of the MAK and head of the VIENNA BIENNALE
The event is taking place on the occasion of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future (21 Jun – 1 Oct 2017).
The MAK FUTURE LAB is a creative laboratory founded by the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. Through workshops, lectures,
panel discussions, and other formats the MAK FUTURE LAB generates interdisciplinary contributions to a humane shaping and
utilization of Digital Modernity. It positions design, architecture, and fine art as driving forces of socially, ecologically,
culturally, and economically sustainable market economy models. Through diverse cooperations, it networks these creative sectors
with the fields of science, research, business, and politics. The MAK FUTURE LAB aspires to develop both holistic orientation
models and strategies for the commons inspired by such models, as well as concrete, innovative business ideas for the future.