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Love in the age of robots: a video interview with Sander Burger

Sander Burger’s film Alice Cares (2015) delves into the lives of three elderly women who participate in a pilot study with a ‘care-droid’, called Alice. From the Open City Documentary Festival.

Dea Gjinovci Donato Paolo Mancini
7 July 2015

In 2024, the population of 80-year-olds in the Netherlands will quadruple. More than three-quarters of them will need some kind of care. The trend is a global one.

Developed by Dutch scientists, Alice is 60cm tall and combines a characteristically human face with a robotic body. The film explores her ability to attentively converse and interact with the women.

Through the eyes of Alice, the audience is given an insight into the lived experiences of elderly women and their approach to loneliness, mobility and care.

Burger’s earlier work deals with the increasingly important impact that technology has on the human condition.  

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Paolo Gerbaudo Sociologist and political theorist, director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London and author of ‘The Mask and the Flag: Populism and Global Protest’ and ‘The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy’, and of the forthcoming ‘The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic’.

Chantal Mouffe Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. Her most recent books are ‘Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically’, ‘Podemos. In the Name of the People’ and ‘For a Left Populism’.

Spyros A. Sofos Researcher and research coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University and author of ‘Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Tormented by History’ and ‘Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks'.

Chair: Walid el Houri Researcher, journalist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is partnerships editor at openDemocracy and lead editor of its North Africa, West Asia project.

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