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#frAIday: AIronies of automation - Human user in the age of AI

Time Friday 8 December, 2023 at 12:15 - 13:00
Place MIT.A.216 & Zoom

Exciting news!

This event will take place both on Zoom and in MIT.A.216 at Umeå University. The speaker will be present and wraps will be available to the first 20 attendees. You are welcome to bring your lunch as well. See you there!


In 1983, when I was two years old, Lisanne Bainbridge published a paper that has became a classic in the field of robotics and automation. The paper, titled ”Ironies of automation”, discuss the role of the human operator in an industry that becomes increasingly automatized, presenting the emerging division of labor as an irony. In the age of atomization, the human operator is expected to take over only when things go wrong, but faced with decreasing insight into increasingly automatized systems. Now, 40 years later, we are in the middle of another wave of automation of many types of jobs also outside industry, and Bainbridge’s work appears more relevant than ever. I, Associate Professor Erik Billing, will present my view on how digitalization affect user competence, mixing recent developments in the area of human-robot interaction and virtual reality training with the historic movement often referred to as deskilling.

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Event type: Lecture

Erik Billing, is an Associate Professor in Informatics, and a researcher at the Interaction Lab at the University of Skövde. My primary research focus lies on cognitive modelling for human-robot interaction, which I approach with a strong stance in embodied and situated views on cognition.

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