About the Lecture Series
Digital humanism deals with the complex relationship between man and machine. It acknowledges the potential of Informatics and IT. At the same time, it points to related apparent threats such as privacy violations, ethical concerns with AI, automation, and loss of jobs, and the ongoing monopolization on the Web. The Corona crisis has shown these two faces of the accelerated digitalization - we are in a crucial moment in time. For this reason, we started a new initiative -DIGHUM lectures- with regular online events to discuss the different aspects of Digital Humanism. We will have one or more speakers on a specific topic followed by a discussion, or panel discussions, depending on topic and speakers. The exact dates will be announced in our schedule at least two weeks before. This crisis does seriously affect our mobility, but it also offers the possibility to participate in events from all over the world—let’s take this chance to meet virtually.
Adele Botha, Rodrigo Ferreira, Dympna O'Sullivan, Bobby Schnabel: “Educating future computer professionals to ethical and social impacts of digital technologies”
Panel discussion about the challenges in shaping new approaches and methods for educating computer professionals.
America's Underground Empire and the Economic Security State
Talk by Henry Farrell about geopolitics, national security, and economics.
Daron Acemoğlu: “Can we have pro-human AI?”
Daron Acemoğlu discusses how generative AI can be a force for good or evil, depending on the choices we make as a society.
Thomas Lohninger: “Please Identify Yourself! What to expect of Europe's ubiquitous digital identification infrastructure”
Thomas Lohninger will talk about the Digital Identity Systems.
Global Governance of AI – on the Interim Report of the UN AI Advisory Body
Virginia Dignum will talk about the interim report of the UN Advisory Board on AI.
The EU AI Act: A Success Story
Panel discussion about the state of the AI act with Kai Zenner and George Metakides.
Mei Lin Fung, Gianclaudio Malgieri, and Joseph Sifakis: “AI: Competition or Cooperation Between US and China... And What About Europe and Other Parts of the World”
Join the panel discussion with experts on AI and geopolitics.
Anu Bradford: “Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology”
DIGHUM lecture with Anu Bradford.
Rainer Mühlhoff: “Predictive Privacy, or the Risk of Secondary Use of Trained ML Models”
Rainer Mühlhoff explains the risks of secondary use of ML models regarding the privacy.
Kay Firth-Butterfield: “Why does AI need to be Trustworthy and the axis of power between Big Tech and society”
Kay Firth-Butterfield talks about Responsible Generative AI and impact of AI on the power structures.
Jason Steinhauer: “History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past”
Jason Steinhauer outlines how the web and social media have changed the way we learn and communicate about history.
Alexander Pretschner: “Software Can Do Wrong: On Ethics in Agile Software Engineering”
Alexander Pretschner talks about ethics in agile software engineering.
Helga Nowotny and George Metakides: “Statement of the Digital Humanism Initiative on ChatGPT and a possible new online world”
Following the recent occurrence of ChatGPT, Helga Nowotny and George Metakides will outline a possible new online world.
Cory Doctorow: “Seize the Means of Computation”
Cory Doctorow talks about tech giants and a free and fair future with technology.
Tina Peterson: “Abstracted power and responsibility”
In this interactive talk, Tina Peterson introduces a new concept of responsible technology.
James A. Landay: “AI For Good Isn't Good Enough: A Call for Human-Centered AI”
James A. Landay talks about the Human-Centered AI.
Luke Munn: “The Uselessness of AI Ethics”
Luke Munn and Erich Prem discuss about the AI ethics and uselessness of AI guidelines.
David Rolnick “Is AI good or bad for the climate? It's complicated”
David Rolnick talks about the AI and its impact on climate.
Kate Crawford: “Rocks, Flesh, and Rockets: A Political Ecology of AI”
Kate Crawford maps the global impacts of large-scale computation on the environment, personal data, and human labor.
Eric Horvitz: “AI Advances, Responsibilities, and Governance”
Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer at Microsoft, tells us about the potential costs of AI and corporate responsibilities.
Edward A. Lee: “Limits of Machines, Limits of Humans”
Edward A. Lee, distinguished computer scientist and expert on societal implications of technology, talks about the limits of explainable AI.
Frances Haugen: “The Facebook Files”
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will talk about accountability & transparency in Social Media.
Carles Sierra: “Responsible Artificial Intelligence”
Carles Sierra talks about responsible technology and how to counteract social fears of AI.
David Danks: “AI Ethics as Translational Ethics”
David Danks talks about the ethical implications of AI and how we can create ethics specific to AI design, development, and deployment.
Benjamin Gregg: “How Artificial Intelligence May One Day Threaten the Political Capacity of Human Intelligence”
Benjamin Gregg talks about how some forms of artificial intelligence may one day threaten the political capacity of human intelligence.
Melanie Mitchell: “Why AI is Harder Than We Think”
Melanie Mitchell talks about why the development of long-promised AI tech has turned out to be much harder than many people expected.
Daniel Samaan: “Job Scenarios 2030: How the World of Work has Changed Around the Globe”
Daniel Samaan talks about how the world of work will look like in 2030. Moderation by George Metakides.
Antonio Casilli: “What is a 'Truly Ethical' Artificial Intelligence? An end-to-end approach to responsible and humane technological systems”
Antonio Casilli talks about an end-to-end approach to responsible and humane technological systems.
Minxin Pei: “Transition From Labor-intensive to Tech-intensive Surveillance in China”
Minxin Pei talks about the effectiveness of the Chinese surveillance state.
Marc Rotenberg: “Artificial Intelligence and Democratic Values: What is the Path Forward?”
Marc Rotenberg talks about how effectively new policy frameworks address AI-related challenges in the areas of human rights and democratic values.
Ben Shneiderman: “Human-Centered AI: A New Synthesis”
Ben Shneiderman talks about Human-Centered AI (HCAI), an emerging new synthesis of AI technologies and HCI approaches.
Roberto Di Cosmo: “Should we preserve the world's software history, and can we?”
Roberto Di Cosmo (INRIA, France) and Edward A. Lee (UC Berkeley, USA) discuss the role of software in cultural heritage.
Allison Stanger: “Digital Humanism and Democracy in Geopolitical Context”
What are the effects of corporate surveillance in either autocracies or liberal democracies?
Irina Orssich: “The New EU Proposal for AI Regulation”
Irina Orssich (European Commission) aims at contributing to the public debate of how AI should be regulated in the future.
Cristiano Codagnone: “The Platform Economy and Europe: Between Regulation and Digital Geopolitics”
Cristiano Codagnone explains why platforms are not simply technological corporations but a form of quasi-infrastructure.
Ricardo Baeza-Yates: “Ethics in AI: A Challenging Task”
Different biases affect all of us on the Web. Ricardo Baeza-Yates explains how we can become aware of them and safeguard a concept of ethics in AI.
Ron Roozendaal: “Vaccination Passports – a tool for liberation or the opposite?”
How can apps like the “Green Passport” be made reliable and privacy-preserving? And can they pave the way back to normality?
Sally Wyatt, Jeanne Lenders, Hinda Haned, Judy Wajcman, and Erin Young: “(Gender) Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Humanism”
This panel focuses on how different voices and interests can be included in the development and application of digital technologies.
Saa Dittoh, Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, and Anna Bon “Digital Society, Social Justice and Academic Education”
This panel focuses on how digital technologies' ethical and social aspects can be handled adequately in academic research.
Pilar del Castillo, Lokke Moerel, and Yvo Volman: “Preventing Data Colonialism without resorting to protectionism - The European strategy”
This panel discussion will focus on the processing and exploitation of European citizens' data by non-European companies.
Sunimal Mendis: “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Public Sphere”
This lecture will focus on how social media platforms can shape public discourse by their algorithmic content moderation.
June Lowery-Kingston, Jan-Hendrik Passoth, and Michael Veale : “Digital Superpowers and Geopolitics”
This panel will focus on the modern colonial powers in cyberspace - global concerns controlling digital platforms and social networks.
Julian Nida-Rümelin: “Philosophical Foundations of Digital Humanism”
In our next lecture, Julian Nida-Rümelin will develop the main features of what he calls Digital Humanism.
Deborah G. Johnson, Guglielmo Tamburrini, and Yi Zeng: “Ethics and IT: How AI is Reshaping our World”
This panel discussion, part of our DIGHUM lecture series, will deal with the ethical implications and global challenges of AI.
Elissa M. Redmiles: “Learning from the People: Responsibly Encouraging Adoption of Contact Tracing Apps”
Join us online for the next lecture in our series on Digital Humanism - this time with Elissa M. Redmiles from Microsoft Research.
Paul Timmers, Ciaran Martin, Margot Dor, and Georg Serentschy: “Digital Sovereignty – Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis”
Join us online for the next lecture in our series on Digital Humanism, where international experts discuss digital sovereignty.
Barbara J. Grosz: “An AI and Computer Science Dilemma: Could I? Should I?”
Join us online for the next lecture in our series on Digital Humanism, held by Harvard’s Barbara J. Grosz.
Stuart Russell: “How Not to Destroy the World with Artificial Intelligence!“
Join our lecture series with Stuart Russell from UC Berkeley presenting his views on this crucial issue.
Alfonso Fuggetta and James Larus: “Corona Contact Tracing – the Role of Governments and Tech Giants”
Join Alfonso Fuggetta and James Larus discussing this crucial issue in our lecture series. Moderated by Jeff Kramer.