The Future of Intimacy
Roanne van Voorst
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
With technology, we are exploring new types of intimacy. But which one are we losing? Roanne van Voorst is a ‘futures-anthropologist’ looking at future scenarios for humanity and what makes us human in times of robotification and Artificial Intelligence. Her current research and forthcoming book (January 2022, Podium) focus more specifically on the future of love, sexuality, friendship and intimacy.
The more we rely on algorithms to know who to like, the more we tend to ignore our intuitions, and perhaps even distrust our own feelings. With our increasing use of dating apps, will we unlearn how to flirt? By 2050 perhaps ten per cent of the population will be having sex with a robot – and want to live with one. What does that mean for the future of human connection? In this keynote, Roanne van Voorst will talk about her findings, as well as her own experiences with data, robots, algorithms and intimacy.
Note for visitors in Utrecht:
This keynote will be followed by the panel ‘Love & Algorithms’, with Roanne van Voorst and Jonas Lund. There will be a short break between the two programmes. With the same single programme ticket you can follow both keynote and panel. Go to panel >>
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Roanne van Voorst― Speaker
Roanne van Voorst is a futures-anthropologist (Ph.D.), writer, (Tedx)speaker and moderator. She is president of the Dutch Future Society and works as a scientific advisor for HATCH, on the future of work. As an ‘anthropologist of the future’, her core research focuses on what she calls ‘sustainable humanity’: in times of robotification, what makes us human? In an era that is characterized by climate changes and fake news, how can we remain hopeful and empathic? How will we live, love and make a living in the nearby future? Her current research is on the future of love, sexuality, friendship and intimacy; her new book on this theme will be launched in 2021.