The Revolution of Automation - Transport automation and society in the 20th and 21st century
On June 25th 2009, Dr. Markus Montigel presented at this conference. It took place in the "Zentrum Aula" of the University Zürich and was organized by the ETH Zürich.
Automated operation has changed the traffic and transportation business. It has revolutionised production and working circumstances, and has had a deep impact on social interaction and private life. Automation promises security, speed and efficiency. It stands for freedom and free time. At the same time, sceptics see this as an agent of increasing estrangement, control and excess.
What do private companies and experts in history and transportation science make of this development that has been happening since the 1950s?
How do experts from sociology, philosophy and psychology judge the desire for mobility and automation possessed by the modern working nomad?
Answers to this and food for thought at an interdisciplinary conference with presentations and discussions.