Video: Gather Series by Learnability, E05 Virtually Love

New social behaviors have emerged, such as the subtle art (and the draining headache) of flirting through emojis and even sending nudes. Are relationships the social ritual that has been the most affected by technology? Are dating apps the reason why love has become both more social and anti-social, all at the same time? Join us in investigating the state of love in the age of dating apps, the developing immersive virtual realities, and human-robotics interactions.

This episode features Lina Maria Mannheimer, Dr. Josue Ortega, Ylva Hansdotter and Elizabeth Jochum.

Lina Maria Mannheimer is a Swedish filmmaker that set out to investigate young love. She decided to follow two Millennials over the internet, to track each of their dating habits, and see how they create their digital personas over a year. Having found her two subjects, the film takes an unforeseen twist when they start dating one another.

Dr. Josue Ortega is a researcher at the Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow and has studied how online dating and other technologies facilitate social integration.

Ylva Hansdotter helped create the world’s first Virtual Reality app store while working with HTC Vive in Silicon Valley (US), where she also initiated and directed a program to support VR-experiences with positive effect towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 2018, she was invited to become a fellow of the prestigious World Economic Forum ’Global Future Council’ of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

Elizabeth Jochum is an Associate Professor in the Research Laboratory for Art and Technology at Aalborg University (Denmark). Her current book project, Deus Ex Machina: Robots on Stage in the Second Machine Age, surveys the field of robot performance across theatre, dance, opera, and visual art.