The Future of Intimacy

Roanne van Voorst

6 November 2021
12:00 — 13:00

Location: Het Huis Main Stage

Keynote //

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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