Taming the Machines - Ethics, Law & IT - from Theory to Practice(SoSe 21)
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.
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