TAMING THE MACHINES in Winter 22/23
This semester’s edition of Taming the Machines explores ...
... the positive and negative impacts of artificial intelligence and digital technologies on human sociality.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and digital technologies increasingly mediate human interactions and shape our relationships to both ourselves and others. This gives rise to an array of important ethical questions about the future of human sociality: Will AI and other digital technologies provide extended opportunities for community building or individual self-expression, or rather hinder these? How might the radical changes such technologies promise, for example in the workplace, impact these routine spaces of social interaction? Can “trust” or “authenticity”, features important to strong interpersonal relationships and the formation of tolerant societies, find support through such technologies or might they rather threaten these? Are there good reasons to think AI might promote greater diversity in social interactions or provide vital spaces for meaningful and open exchanges of differing viewpoints, or are they likely to exacerbate social isolation, exclusion, and polarization? Might such technology enable greater collective decision making? The list goes on.
To explore these and other questions, this public lecture series invites distinguished researchers from philosophy, sociology, social science and political theory to present and discuss their work. To get the latest updates and details how to attend the lectures, please visit http://uhh.de/inf-eit.
Artificial Intelligence, Digital Technologies, and the Future of Human Sociality
01.11.2022 [more] [recording of the lecture]
Imagining Democracy through the Lens of Learning Machines
Prof. Dr. Jeanette Hofmann (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) & FU Berlin, D)
22.11.2022 [more] [recording of the lecture]
On the Digital Transformation of Care. An Ethical Reflection
Dr. Janina Loh (Stabsstelle Ethik bei der Stiftung Liebenau, Meckenbeuren, D)
(please note: virtual event via webinar)
29.11.2022 [more] [recording of the lecture]
Cities and Numbers
Prof. Dr. Michael Nagenborg (University of Twente, NL)
cancelled: 10.01.2023 [more] [poster]
Scores as Status Marker. On the Quantification of the Social
Prof. Dr. Steffen Mau (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, D)
Please note: The lecture had to be cancelled and is postponed to winter term 2023/24. We will keep you updated at uhh.de/inf-eit.
17.01.2023 [more] [poster] [recording of the lecture]
Sympathy, Empathy, and Twitter. Reflections on the Architecture of Social Media Based on an 18th-Century Debate
Prof. Dr. Lisa M. Herzog (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL)
Time and Place
Tuesday, 18:15–19:45 (CET)
Flügelbau Ost, 2. OG, Raum O 221
(please note on Nov 22, 22: virtual event only via webinar)