Introduction by Francisca Grommé
The documentary will be introduced by dr. Francisca Grommé. She is part of the Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society programme as an assistant professor. She works from a background in science and technology studies (STS), political science and digital sociology.

Francisca about Alice Cares by Sander Burger
Can robots make us feel less lonely? Alice Cares offers an honest look into robot companionship by following the introduction of a small robot, Alice, in the lives of three elderly women. As Alice tries to make conversation with these women, we learn about the laughter and frustration that robots can cause. But the documentary also gives an exceptional look into the efforts of the scientists behind the scenes, and how their roles take an unexpected turn.

During the documentary festival ‘AIDocs’ we will shed light on social and societal implications of technological developments. Four afternoons we will show documentaries in which AI plays a different role each time. An expert Erasmus scientist will introduce the documentary and discuss it with the audience. For example, is Alice the care robot a helpful tool to diminish loneliness? And how is gig work changing the future of work?

The other documentaries:
The Gig Is Up  | You Can’t Automate Me | AlphaGo

More information:

  • Date: Thursday 20 October
  • Time: 16.00 – 18.00 hours (Doors open: 15.30 hours)
  • Location: Theatre Erasmus Paviljoen
  • Language: English spoken and/or subtitled
  • Entrance: free, but reservations recommended


Organised by Studium Generale and Erasmus Initiative AIPact