Digitalization is the predominant technology trend of the present. Digital technology is so vehemently pushing forward because it is so far superior. What role do algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots play? Does technology put us permanently in the shade? Does it outstrip and devalue our human skills? Are we about to be dominated by technology? And does a continuous digitalization allow completely new forms of domination, control and dominance?
Many people have mixed feelings about digitisation, which has been aggressively pushed forward by business and politics. Sure, they don't want to be left behind technologically. But don't we blindly bring ourselves into completely new dependencies? How do we preserve our autonomy and creative power in the digitalised world of tomorrow?
The physicist and philosopher Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald heads the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he also holds the chair for technology philosophy and technology ethics. As head of the Office for Technology Assessment (TAB), he advises the German Bundestag on questions of scientific and technological change. His research focuses on sustainability, technology assessment and the ethics of new technologies.
Prof. Dr. Sören Auer is Director of the TIB and Professor of Data Science & Digital Libraries at Leibniz Universität Hannover. His research focuses on semantic data networking for artificial intelligence, knowledge engineering and information systems. He is an expert for the German Bundestag, the European Commission and industry. Auer received several awards, including the renowned Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (2018).
The event will be held in German language.