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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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