Power, Freedom and Democracy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and the Responsibility of Engineers
Wann: Mi, 14.04.2021, 18:15 Uhr bis 19:45 Uhr
Modern digital technologies, data and AI allow to understand, control and manipulate individuals and societies on a massive scale. The ever growing automation of the public and private sphere, from the production and dissemination of text and visual material to Neuralink types of human – physical connections, poses new challenges to Democracy, Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law. In a world ever more dominated by technology, the control of technological power becomes a central function of democracy.
The new potentialities of technologies add to traditional impacts of technologies in terms of safety and environment. The traditional risk and impact assessments for this reason need to be complemented with societal impact assessments.
We need a new curriculum for “Engineers for Democracy” to equip society with people able to certify societal technology impact assessments, whether mandated by law or not yet mandated by law. “Engineers of Democracy” must be able to imagine technological potentialities, whether from intended or unintended use of technology, must have a good understanding of sociology, law, philosophy and history, and thus must be able to assess impacts of new technologies on society, in particular the functioning of Democracy, the protection of Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law.
Paul Nemitz, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission, Brussels
Öffentliche Vorlesung im Rahmen des "Allgemeinen Vorlesungswesens"
Taming the Machines
Ethics, Law & IT – From Theory to Practice
In the past few years, digital technologies such as speech assistants, facial recognition or digitized border control systems have sparked increased public debate. While it is claimed that such technologies contribute to human well-being, there are worries that new forms of surveillance and algorithmic discrimination will compromise civil liberties and the rule of law, plunging the world into a technocratic dystopia. Academic disciplines such as ethics and law have sought to highlight emerging problems and develop ideas on how to deal with the challenges posed by rapid digitization, Big Data, and AI. Crossing the bridge from theory to practice, scholars have also proposed concrete measures and procedures for users, developers, and legislators, seeking to play a constructive role in the development, utilization, and governance of IT.
This semester, the “Taming the Machines” public lecture series presents talks by distinguished academics whose work aims to shape the course of technological development as well as the legal and policy environments in which modern ICTs are deployed. Our guest speakers have engaged in the development of methodological frameworks for engineers, provided policy advice to regulatory bodies, worked closely with activists and NGOs, and encouraged public involvement in this critical debate.
Additional speakers may be added to the lecture series. Given the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, the lectures will be delivered in digital form.
To get the latest updates and details to access the lectures, please visit http://uhh.de/inf-eit
Prof. Dr. Judith Simon, Fachbereich Informatik, Ethik in der Informationstechnologie, Universität Hamburg