Raising Robotic Natives

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This month we have the pleasure of welcoming Jonas Voigt and Philipp Schmitt!

Raising Robotic Natives (Bogner, Schmitt, Voigt) explores interactions between children and robots that could raise them as the first generation of ‘robotic natives’. The project consists of a series of four conceptual objects that deal with concerns regarding home safety, robots’ social status, intimacy and educational challenges.

Jonas and Philipp will take the project as a case study to introduce a process for speculative design — from concept to methodology to documentation.

Biography Philipp Schmitt
Philipp Schmitt is a designer and artist based in New York. Born in Würzburg (DE) in 1993, he received a BA from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd (2016) and studied at Designskolen Kolding, Denmark (2015). He is currently a graduate student in MFA Design and Technology at The New School and was previously a Research Fellow at MIT SENSEable City Lab (2017).
Philipp’s work revolves around design and technology as subjects instead of considering them solely as tools. He is interested in exploring and articulating their applications and implications for the future. Biography Jonas Voigt
Jonas Voigt is a strategic designer and researcher based in New York. Born in Hof (DE) in 1992, he received a BA from Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd (2016) and studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada (2015). He is currently a graduate student in MFA Transdisciplinary Design at The New School and works with Arthelps (NGO).
Jonas’s work is exploring the democratization of design processes for societal transformation. He is interested in design as a critical tool to cross disciplinary boundaries.

Their work has been published, exhibited and awarded internationally.