Humans|​Machines|​Together

Hybrid Societies:
Humans interacting with embodied digital technologies

What is required to enable people to move in concert with robots, highly automated vehicles or virtual avatars, for example, without friction as with other people?

And how must technology be designed to meet these requirements?

Fundamental scientific research into these questions is crucial because in hybrid societies we share public spaces with increasingly autonomous machines

Prof. Georg Jahn

In order for interactions in hybrid societies to be effective and similarly smooth, human capabilities and technological functionalities must be analyzed and harmonized in novel ways.

Prof. Ulrike Thomas

Coordinating our movements with fellow humans is relatively smooth.

In order for interactions in hybrid societies to be effective and similarly smooth, human capabilities and technological functionalities must be analyzed and harmonized in novel ways.

Research into hybrid societies thus contributes to aligning the use of embodied digital technologies in public spaces according to human needs and skills and to advancing the technological innovations required for this.

SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

Autonomous vehicles, teleoperated and autonomously acting robots, drones, intelligent prostheses – all examples of embodied digital technologies. They have more and more functions and can take on an increasing number of tasks. We will encounter them in more places and in different forms. They interact with humans and thus – together with them – form hybrid societies.

SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

The research center “Hybrid Societies” is investigating how spontaneous encounters between people and intelligent technologies in public spaces can run smoothly and coordinated. The core issue is to determine what is necessary to allow people and machines to coordinate their activities and movements in a foresighted manner when they meet, for example, in a park or on the street. What is required to enable people to move in concert with robots, highly automated vehicles or virtual avatars, for example, without friction as with other people? And how must technology be designed to meet these requirements? Fundamental scientific research into these questions is crucial because in hybrid societies we share public spaces with increasingly autonomous machines.

SHAPING THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PEOPLE AND MACHINES

In order to address the yet unsolved challenges and to shape the coexistence of humans and machines in public spaces, it is necessary for a large number of disciplines, from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities, to combine their strengths. The Collaborative Research Centre “Hybrid Societies: Interacting with Embodied Digital Technologies” at Chemnitz University of Technology is funded by the German Research Foundation as a Collaborative Research Centre from 2020 to 2023. An international group of scientists studies the conditions for successful coordination between humans and machines in public spaces. The Collaborative Research Centre Hybrid Societies works in four fields: Sensor and motor capabilities, artificial bodies, shared environments, and intentionality in hybrid societies.

Events and Communication

Lesung und Thought-Controlled Music Performance im Gunzenhauser

Mensch, Maschine und die Gesellschaft der Zukunft Themenabend über digitale Technologien im Alltag: Sonderforschungsbereich Hybrid Societies bringt am 10. November 2021 ab 18.30 Uhr im Museum Gunzenhauser Science-Fiction-Autorin Theresa Hannig, SynLimb-DJ und Professor Bertolt Meyer und weitere Gäste aus Forschung, Kultur, Gesellschaft und Medien zusammen. Mensch, Maschine, Miteinander – das ist nicht nur der Titel […]

Vortragsreihe “Ethik der Digitalisierung”

Die zunehmende Digitalisierung und insbesondere der Einzug KI-gestützter Technologien in den verschiedensten Bereichen unseres Lebens verändern unseren Alltag im Privaten nicht weniger als unser Zusammenleben in öffentlichen Räumen. Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe wollen wir anhand ausgewählter Problemfelder verschiedene ethische Aspekte der zunehmenden Einführung digitaler Technologien diskutieren. Kolleg*innen, Studierende und alle anderen Interessierten sind herzlich eingeladen. […]

Ein Stipendium öffnet Türen

Den ersten Schritt in die Wissenschaft als berufliche Tätigkeit zu wagen, ist durchaus mit Herausforderungen verbunden und auch nicht immer klar vorgezeichnet. Für mich stand dennoch bereits während meines Bachelorstudiums fest, dass ich unbedingt versuchen möchte, diesen Weg zu bestreiten. Den ersten Anlauf nahm ich entsprechend frühzeitig und bewarb mich schon während meines letzten Master-Studiensemesters […]

Team

In order to address the yet unsolved challenges and to shape the coexistence of humans and machines in public spaces, it is necessary for a large number of disciplines, from psychology and engineering sciences to mathematics and computer science to the social sciences and humanities, to combine their strengths. Within the CRC Hybrid Societies more than 70 professors, doctoral candidates, postdocs, and supporting staff are working together.

Publications

Langer, A., Tran, B., & Gaedke, M. (2021). Extending a SKOS-based taxonomy catalog with collaborative features and an interface to provide terminologies to describe research data with interdisciplinary, semantic concepts. https://e-science-tage.virtual-venue.io/session/26/talk/39
Christian Pentzold, C., & Rothe, I. (2020). Science Busking, Recursivity, and Zones of Awkward Engagement in a Large-Scale Research Project on Embodied Digital Technology. https://mediaandparticipation.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/EASST-2020-print-program-abstracts-200825.pdf

Podcast

Epilogue – A new approach to human-machine interaction?

In five episodes, journalist and moderator Thibaud Schremser addressed various key topics of the Collaborative Research Center “Hybrid Societies.”. Now it is time for a résumé. In this episode Prof. Dr. Christian Pentzold, Principle Investigator of the public relations project within the CRC, and Matthias Fejes from the press office of the Chemnitz University of […]
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