The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064



The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663


What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

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Robots vs Loneliness?

In November last year, LTI ran an event at Manchester Cathedral, which was funded by and organised as part of the ESRC annual Festival of Social Science. The event, 'Robots vs Loneliness?', emerged from LTI's project Living with and Loving Machines (lead researcher: Dr Scott Midson). It featured a public discussion that brought together a panel of experts from different fields to share their research on social trends with robotics, and to respond to audience member's questions. 

Panel members included Prof Rena Papadopoulos (Middlesex University), Dr Beth Singler (Cambridge University, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence), James Young (BBC presenter), and Dr Dave Cameron (University of Sheffield). Discussions highlighted concerns about replacement of humans, projection of personhood to machines, the type of sociality we might expect or demand from robots, and how loneliness itself relates to, for example, solitude. More details of the event are on the minisite.

Below is a short trailer of the event. 

A full video of the event can be viewed on the LTI YouTube website.

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