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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?

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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.

Robots vs Loneliness?

Social robots are on the rise. They're designed to interact with humans, learn from us, and combat our loneliness. These robots are presented as able to be our friends, companions, and even partners. Can they truly tackle loneliness, though? Or, given that they are machines rather than persons, do they risk making people feel lonelier than ever?

In this interactive event, a panel of experts from different fields discussed some of the priorities and risks of social robots. Audience members had the chance to ask the panel their questions and to participate in the debate.

The panel was comprised of:

A short preview of the event can be viewed below.

A full-length video recording of the event can be viewed below.