Work 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?
Maria Kubitschek, head of the Economics Department and Deputy Director of the Arbeiterkammer Wien
Harald Gruendl, designer and founder, IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna
Christian Korunka, Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, University of Vienna
Doris Krüger/Krüger & Pardeller, artist
Wolfgang Price, economist
Doris Rothauer, author and CEO of Büro für Transfer
Christa Schlager, head of the Economic Policy Department, Arbeiterkammer Wien
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.