About the speaker:
Janina Loh (née Sombetzki) is an ethicist (Stabsstelle Ethik) at Stiftung Liebenau in Meckenbeuren on Lake Constance.
They studied at the Humboldt University Berlin and wrote their dissertation (2009-2013) on the issue of responsibility – Verantwortung als Begriff, Fähigkeit, Aufgabe. Eine Drei-Ebenen-Analyse (Springer 2014) – as a fellow at the graduate school Verfassung jenseits des Staates: Von der europäischen zur Globalen Rechtsgemeinschaft?, supervised by Prof. Volker Gerhardt and Prof. Rahel Jaeggi.
After a post-doc position at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (2013-2016), Janina Loh has been a university assistant (Post-Doc) in the field of philosophy of technology and media at the University of Vienna (2016-2021). They published the first German Introduction to Trans- and Posthumanism (Junius 2018) and an Introduction to Robot Ethics in German language (Suhrkamp 2019). They habilitate on an Inclusive Ethics of Companionship for the Knowledge Spaces.
Janina Loh's main research interests lie in the field of trans- and posthumanism (especially critical posthumanism), robot ethics, feminist philosophy of technology, responsibility research, Hannah Arendt, theories of judgement, and ethics in the sciences.
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.
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