Digital Media Lab Blog

February 4, 2020 Call for Applications: 1 doctoral position (TVL-E13, 75%, 3 years, fixed term) The Digital Media Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technische Universität München is seeking early-stage researchers for a position available immediately with a focus on STS & Digital Media as part of the Coding Public Value project (BIDT).
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Von: Digital Media Lab Tags:  CfA Kategorien:  Allgemein, Updates, Blog
November 7, 2019 Engineering Responsible Infrastructures: a summer school Infrastructures are political. This is a sentence, which will hardly be contested from scholars in science and technology studies or innovation research. Yet, if this is the case, how can we think of infrastructures in terms of responsibility and democratic values? And how can we open them for contestation and democratic discourse? These were the questions we have been tackling in our session at the summer school on HERSS.
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Von: Nikolaus Pöchhacker Tags:  Politics, Data, Values, Methodology, Summer school Kategorien:  Updates, Blog, Science, Events, Research, Methodology
September 15, 2019 Designing development, developing design, and methods of methodological control Did you ever wonder how developers know what their future users want? Well, often they just don’t know and really funny stuff can happen...
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Von: Peter Müller Tags:  Epistemology, Creativity, Methodology, Software, ReDiT, Design Kategorien:  Allgemein, Updates, Blog, Science, Research, Empirical, Methodology, Exchange
August 6, 2019 Following what, when and where to? “A mobilities lens to the human mobility-environmental change nexus” Mobility studies claim to understand the ’social world’ „as a wide array of economic, social and political practices, infrastructures and ideologies that all involve, entail or curtail various kinds of movement“ (Büscher & Urry 2009: 100). This is why researchers should study the travel of people, objects, images or communication, which also put forth a productive discussion on methods and on how to actually research entities on the move. As a seminal paper stated...
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Von: Silvan Pollozek Tags:  Mobility studies, infrastructures, conference Kategorien:  Allgemein, Updates, Blog, Conference Appearances, Science, Research, Conference, Methodology
July 5, 2019 How to think migration and border control in terms of infrastructures? Doing STS within/about mobility at the Nordic STS conference 2019 For some time now I have been engaged with technologies and infrastructures of European migration and border control. Arguing with actor-network theory and, more general, science and technology studies (STS) I seek to work out the socio-material entanglements of people, information systems, databases, forms, policies and other entities and how they put transnational forms of border control into practice. This requires
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Von: Silvan Pollozek Tags:  Conference Report, STS, infrastructuring, Migration, Logistics, STS Nordic Kategorien:  Blog, Conference Appearances, Ethnography, Science, Conference
June 21, 2019 Debating the ‘update-mode’: an update. Updates are part of our everyday life, they happen almost everywhere, and their absence can literally destroy the factual utility of a device. The multi-discipline debate series ‘update-modus’ wants to look at updates beyond empirical updates, raising the questions what an ‘update-modus’ might mean: making, tentative, preliminary, decisions, doing change, continuous incrementality, optimization, etc. Read more about the first debate of the series and don’t miss the upcoming events! Next one will take place on Tuesday 25th June 2019, debating temporality with/in update societies.
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Von: Peter Müller, Digital Media Lab Tags:  Event, Update, Digital, Social Order Kategorien:  Updates, Blog, Science, Events, Research, Science, Theory, Exchange
May 29, 2019 AI Ethics in Predictive Policing – DML@MCTS Public Lecture by Peter Asaro Predictive Policing is one of the paradigms of algorithmically enhanced statistical modelling. But is it also successful in preventing future crimes? Might other, less data-driven and more care-oriented approaches be a viable alternative? These questions were discussed by Peter Asaro in his well-attended – and well-received – evening lecture on 25 April, 2019. It was the second instalment of an interdisciplinary lecture series on topics in contemporary AI organised by the Digital Media Lab.
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Von: Hajo Greif Tags:  AI, Philosophy, Law, Machine Learning Kategorien:  Updates, Blog, Science, Events, Research, Science, Theory
March 26, 2019 Same same but different. An Erasmus+ teaching experience. This time I’d like to use our humble blog to share with you, dear interested reader, some of the experiences I made recently in the context of a teaching-related stay abroad. After all, it has been a great adventure visiting such a different place, that provides its very own intersections of religion, infrastructures, and culture, but offers also very common experiences of technological troubles...
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Von: Philipp Arms Tags:  Erasmus, Travel, Culture, Everyday Life Kategorien:  Blog, Ethnography, Science, Exchange
March 12, 2019 The Comparative Psychology of Artificial Intelligence – DML@MCTS Public Lecture by Cameron Buckner What is the philosophical novelty of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs)? What distinguishes them from classical approaches in Artificial Intelligence (AI)? To what extent may DNNs serve as models of human cognition? What is their bearing on questions of transparency and explainability in AI? These questions were discussed by Cameron Buckner in his well-attended – and well-received – evening lecture on 1 March, 2019. It was the first instalment of an interdisciplinary...
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Von: Hajo Greif Tags:  AI, Transparency, Philosophy, Software, Theory Kategorien:  Updates, Blog, Science, Events, Research, Theory