Can Machines Save the World?

"The Digital Humanism Fellowship Conference".


November 16th – 17th 2023

  • All day event.
  • MuseumsQuartier, Architekturzentrum Wien
  • 1070 Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, Hof 7


About the Event

When it comes to the impacts of machines, robots, and Artificial Intelligence, commentators easily adopt a doom-and-gloom-perspective. This conference asks, rather provocatively, Can Machines save the World?. In doing so, it does not intend to downplay the enormous dangers inherent in digital technology (this has already been pointed out many times by the Digital Humanism Initiative).

By taking a historic perspective on the “first period of digitalization”, this approach will rather allow us to trace similar fears connected to the advent of new technologies throughout human history. Technologies such as AI may have (and already have) a beneficiary effect on human life, be it in specific sectors such as manufacturing or health care, or on society in general. This potential to be both savior or enemy in our human endeavors can be seen, for example, in the fight against global warming (see the last section of the conference).

We will talk about

  • Humans and machines (mostly about machines),
  • their impact on economy and politics
  • and on the environment

This event is organized by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) and the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) as part of their Digital Humanism fellowship program.

The Digital Humanism fellowship program is funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.