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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Robot Coach

Craftsmanship is generally very appreciated, but it takes a lot of time to master a craft. Therefore, as a robot coach you train – you guessed it, a robot – to transfer your knowledge to future professionals. Collaborating this way, humans and robots work optimally together, from student to coach and vice versa. And don’t be afraid that the human hand will become dispensable, as no robot does it like a human, and that’s what the craft is about in the first place.

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Office Garden

Conversation with Dutch Philosopher Bas Haring: Robot, Colleague or Foe?

Last weekend we had the honor to welcome philosopher and writer Bas Haring to our exhibition HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots. We talked with him to discuss the conception, image and will of the robot, challenge our relationship with these kaleidoscopic creatures and take a HUBOT jobtest. Haring is no stranger to NNN, he was among the first ambassadors who joined our international network and contributed with a powerful story to the Next Nature Book. He is currently professor of Public Understanding of Science at the University of Leiden, has written a variety of popular books, including “Cheese and the Theory of Evolution”, “The Iron Will” and “Plastic Pandas” and is a recurrent face on the Dutch television.

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Nongenetic Evolution

Hire a Smart Robot

What if your co-worker was a robot? Dutch startup Smart Robotics is a job agency for robots that allows you to hire a smart machine. This new species can learn a variety of tasks and be configured to your needs. Ready to get working?

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Next Nature

Opening HUBOT at DDW

The robots have arrived! Yesterday we celebrated the launch of HUBOT, job agency for people and robots at MediaMarkt, as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Our virtual office had opened a week before the physical launch, and the applicants were pouring in from all over the world. Now it was time to welcome job-seeking futurists to the offline opening of our office, this entailed drinks, jobs… and robots! 

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Next Nature

Robotization Makes Work More Human

The Robots are coming! They keep getting smarter, more reliable, and more affordable. They work 24 hours a day and never get sick. It’s no surprise that some are proclaiming that robotisation and artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs. In 2014 Oxford scientists calculated 47% of the current jobs could be automated by 2034, due to robotisation and AI.  Last year accounting and consulting firm Deloitte calculated 42% of the students at vocational high schools were still being trained to do these endangered jobs. Imagine being 16 years and discovering you’re studying for a job that soon won’t exist. What kind of future is that?

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Suburban Utopia

The Robots Are Coming!

Robots are getting stronger and smarter every day. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it? And they’re taking over our families, our houses, our cars… basically, our whole lives. Visions of the future in which people are dominated by superior machines have always been with us. Sometimes they turn us into human livestock; in other scenarios, our appliances actively try to exterminate us. Though Hollywood movies usually depict robots as metal people, the reality is more subtle than that.

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Wild Systems

Rights for Robots: EU Calls for Regulation

The science of robotics is a swiftly advancing field. We are inching ever closer to artificial intelligence and robot workforce. But do we really know how and where robots fit into our lives? Are robots tools, coworkers, or friends? And will this change in the future? A new report from the EU’s legal affairs committee recommends that we clarify the legal status of robots sooner rather than later. It even suggests that they could be given a form of personhood and rights.

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Suburban Utopia

After Horsepower Comes Robotpower?

We fear being replaced by robots. They have the potential to be smarter, stronger and more hardworking than us. Yet, one could say that horses are bigger, faster and tougher than humans, and still no-one outside of “Gulliver’s Travels” fears being replaced by horses. Instead, we note these useful qualities in horses and quite literally harness them for our own advantage.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Take the Jobtest!

The robots are coming! They’re getting smarter, cheaper and more reliable. How long will I have my job before a robot steals it? The industrial revolution made muscular power redundant, the digital revolution automates our thinking. How to cope with that? Are we working against, or together with robots? Find out yourself and visit the virtual office of HUBOT.

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