Entering a New Era. Machines are getting smarter and smarter. Algorithms are calculating the world for us and making decisions based on mathematical models. But how will the profound new technological developments of artificial intelligence affect our social interactions? How can we preserve our humanity in the process of digitisation?
“AI & I” is our initiative to talk about artificial intelligence. Here you can read interviews, essay, and inspirational articles about the latest developments of the technology that will change our lives.
Ethics and technology during a pandemic
In the eighth edition of the "AI&I" vTalk, medical ethics expert Alena Buyx discussed – amongst other things – the success as well as the shortcomings of the COVID-19 tracing apps.
“How to drive technology in the direction we want”
Sami Haddadin, Director of the Munich School of Robotics, speaks about changes in technology and their impact on society, especially in Europe.
“Democracy needs to evolve into a real-time system”
Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, speaks about technological progress and its connection to democracy, while also talking about how it can be used to foster transparency.
“I am sceptical of people who say that technology hasn’t changed anything”
Andreas Weigend, the former Chief Scientist for Amazon, reckons that technology had an impact on everything and that it is scary how fast AI is growing and learning.
“We love the excess of availability”
Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger argues the best answer on how to deal with societal reconfiguration caused by technological change is to look back at evolution.
“It’s not necessarily truth and beauty that holds people’s attention”
Historian Niall Ferguson claims although networks proved vital to disseminating information, Internet-based social networks are dangerous as they highlight outrage.
“Medicine is not an area where you can be disruptive”
Medical ethics expert Alena Buyx explains that we must weigh the advances accompanying technological developments in healthcare against the potential harm they could cause.
“The idea that everyone should be equally safe is contestable”
How should moral dilemmas of automated driving be addressed? Computer scientist Edmond Awad discusses where the ethical discourse on autonomous vehicles is heading.
“We will be wiser at the end of this”
In the third "AI&I" vTalk edition, researcher Stephanie Hare discussed how big data and AI-based technologies may support or hinder us during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
“This will be the decade of artificial intelligence”
Sebastian Thrun, former Vice President at Google, emphasizes the importance of demystifying artificial intelligence as its influence on everyday life increases.
“I want a moratorium on facial recognition technology”
Researcher Stephanie Hare argues biometrics and surveillance have become so advanced that we need a moratorium on facial recognition so that scientists can address the consequences.
The big picture
German academic Alexander Görlach argues that accelerated technological innovation necessitates a discussion on how to make technology work for us – not the other way around.
Privacy during a pandemic with Luciano Floridi
In the second edition of our virtual "AI&I" talk Philosopher Luciano Floridi sketches out five key factors when it comes to assessing the effectiveness of contact tracing.
“AI&I” vTalk with Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang
In the “AI&I” vTalk premiere Alexander Görlach and Audrey Tang spoke about challenges and opportunities for digital democracy in the face of COVID-19.
“We will not run out of jobs but maybe out of skills!”
In the fifth event of the dialogue series "AI&I" Vinton G. Cerf talks with Professor Alexander Görlach about the effects of artificial intelligence on the job market and about visions of the Internet of the future.
Vinton G. Cerf on Artificial Intelligence and the future of the internet
In the fifth event of the dialogue series "AI&I" Vinton G. Cerf talks with Alexander Görlach about the effects of artificial intelligence on the job market and about visions of the Internet of the future.
Vinton G. Cerf on Artificial Intelligence
Vinton G. Cerf talked to Prof. Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach about i.e. the responsibilities of corporations using AI and designing software, about the effects on jobs and education and about his vision of the future of the internet.
Livestream recording – Pascal Finette on the impact of AI
Watch the fourth edition of our discussion series "AI&I" at the Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin with Pascal Finette and Alexander Görlach via Livestream.
Artificial Intelligence: Fiction, reality and… dreams
In her speech on the occasion of her admission to the Spanish Royal Acadamy of Engineering, Nuria Oliver explains how AI can contribute to a better life on all stages and co-exist with humanity.
„It’s much easier to fight climate change than to prepare Mars for human colonisation”
The future of humanity depends on the future of science: At the Vodafone Institute Lord Martin Rees urges us to finally truly understand technology.
“Basically, we’re already digital primates today”
How will humans and technology shape each other? Under this lead question Prof. Alexander Görlach and Prof. Sir Nigel Shadbolt discussed the future of human and machine.
AI and Anthropology: How technology shapes us and we shape technology
September 27th 2018: In the second event of the dialogue series, Sir Nigel Shadbolt and Alexander Görlach will talk about the interplay between human and technology.
Germany’s Prospects in AI
Is Germany losing ground in the increasingly strategic field of Artificial Intelligence? An overview of the country’s scientific, economic and political efforts.
“One answer might be computer games”
Artificial intelligence will more and more replace human beings in many areas, as it is already superior to them, writes bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari.
Europe’s efforts to catch up on China and US
The European Commission wants to transform Europe into a single digital market and declares its wish for a European approach to artificial intelligence.
“Artificial Intelligence is already making decisions for us”
With "AI and Philosophy" the new series of the Vodafone Institute on the influence of artificial intelligence on society was launched. On the podium: Luciano Floridi, Nuria Oliver, Alexander Görlach and Hannes Ametsreiter.
AI & Philosophy – The Big Picture
The Vodafone Institute launches the new dialogue series “AI&I”. With renowned scientists and digital thought leaders like Luciano Floridi, Nuria Oliver, and Alexander Görlach.
“We cannot allow ourselves to think in an utopian way.”
For the philosopher Luciano Floridi, it is crucial to understand what we want to use new technologies for – experts still do not ask enough ethical questions about AI.
“We might want to rediscover our social roots”
Pascal Finette, Singularity University: to adjust democracy to the new, fast-moving reality of today, politicians should move quickly towards creating societal frameworks.
“A key question is whether robots can handle ambiguity”
What would happen if the wealth created by robots and artificial intelligence just rested with a few superrich people in Silicon Valley? And why wealth redistribution should be our future goal.
The global race for AI dominance
As the influence of AI grows ubiquitous, competition between countries for leadership in the field is increasing, prompting some observers to talk of a new “space race”.
“Work saves us from boredom, vice and need”
Work is a huge part of our identity, MIT’s Andrew McAfee says. We therefore have to, sooner rather than later, discuss what defines us in a world with significantly less to do.
Five things that demonstrate that AI and human collaboration is the future
Artificial Intelligence already outperforms humans in certain fields - here are five examples of why humans and machines are best when working as a team.
“We will seamlessly cooperate with machines”
Between humans and machines there will be peaceful cohabitation, argues computer scientist Nuria Oliver. There are things machines are better at than humans, and vice versa.
5 things humans can still do better than machines
While AI may be on the rise, there are still several fields in which machines are no match for their human competitors – here are five examples.
“Some machines are people in the philosophical sense”
As a philosopher of time, Australian thinker Huw Price argues for a pause: we need to understand better what our human intelligence is, before we engage in much chatter about artificial intelligence.
5 things machines can already do better than humans
Artificial Intelligence is having a dramatic impact on a wide variety of professional fields: we took a look at some of the most impressive cases from the past months.
“Machines can do some things better than we can”
Heralded as “a father of the internet” Vinton G. Cerf has truly championed his discipline. Now he reveals his exciting vision for Artificial Intelligence and how to tackle the societal implications of machine learning.