Robotinity asks: “What is the nature of being a robot?” The term was coined at Ars Electronica as a counterpart to the term humanity.

The nature of being human, i.e. humanity, has been the subject of endless discussions, and at this juncture in time we need to address Robotinity, to ensure the harmonious coexistence of humans and robots. When we think of the growing relevance of robotics in social contexts, for instance in view of future health and elderly care or even education systems, it is getting clear that positively perceived relations between humans and robots are a crucial point.

Together with leading partners such as Honda or Hiroshi Ishiguro, the Ars Electronica Futurelab explores functions, appearances and perceptions of innovative social robots.


Dr. Hideaki Ogawa

Key Researcher & Artist

To ask the question “What is it like to be a robot?” is like asking what it is like to be a human being.