Wednesday January 24th 2018 @ French Embassy in Tokyo
The Ecotic Challenge:
Political, Religious and Ecological Stakes of Autonomous Robotics
Dominique Lestel (ENS, Paris & TUAT, Tokyo)
Gentiane Venture (TUAT, Tokyo)
Matthew Chrulew (Curtin University, Perth)
Autonomous robotics is part of a rather restricted class of “total phenomena” that are capable of transforming in depth all the dimensions of an epoch. The “Ecotic Challenge” is the eco-political challenge that autonomous robotics gives rise to today. Firstly, it recognises that the environment has become a major political issue and that technologies like robotics have an enormous ecological effect, though few people yet realise it. Servers/Data centres, for example, already consume 15% of total energy and this proportion is growing. But there is also the evolutionary competition between biological organisms and artificial agents to divide the resources of a planet that will be felt more and more to be too small for all. The Ecotic challenge is then the challenge of a politics that is confronted with agents of a new kind, who have human abilities (or even more than human abilities without being human. What becomes of politics when a society is also composed of nonhumans locally performing better than humans themselves? The Ecotic challenge, finally, is the challenge posed by the new robots to our ways of life. What, for example, will become of a phenomenon like that of friendship if everyone can surround themself with artificial “friends” who are “perfect”? What will become of the family if its customary version is replaced by arrangements in which father, mother and children (and the dog) cohabit with artificial agents in permanent competition with the humans? The objective of this Franco-Japanese-Australian symposium is to propose some original lines of reflection on the phenomenon of contemporary autonomous robotics. Rather than ask each participant to offer a personal communication, we will propose 12 questions to which the participants will have to respond in the most creative way possible by mobilising their own resources.
contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org a workshop organized with the support of the French Embassy in Tokyo, Curtin University and Global Innovation Research at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology