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Lecture Series »Thinking Machines: History, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence«

POSTPONED: Interdisciplinary lecture series in Munich in Summer Term 2020, jointly hosted by Digital Media Lab @ MCTS and the Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum

(c) Ailar Saneifar

Artificial Intelligence and its implications for society and human self-understanding are one of the key topics of contemporary academic and public discourse. While there are various research institutions dedicated to AI ethics and policy in particular, what still seems to be missing from the picture is an integrated humanities perspective that combines expertise from the history, philosophy and social studies of AI.

The international and interdisciplinary lecture series »Thinking Machines: History, Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence« provides one step towards such an integrated perspective. The series will be jointly hosted by the Digital Media Lab, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), TUM, and the Research Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Deutsches Museum, as part of their traditional »Montagskolloquium«, with contributions from the Philosophy of Computing group, ICFO, Warsaw University of Technology.

The lectures are intended for a general educated audience but are disigned to be relevant for academic audiences, too. The title of each event indicates its working language.

Note (13 March, update 16 May): Due to the current restrictions on university operations and public meetings, the lecture series will have to be postponed in its entirety. We are working to find new dates in Summer Term 2021. These will be published here  as soon as they have been determined.

Programme Overview:

[Mon 27 April]: Stephanie A. Dick, University of Pennsylvania, USA: »Making Up Minds«.
Location: Deutsches Museum »Alter Seminarraum«.
Starts at 16.30h; coffee served at 16,00h.

[Mon 11 May]: Pamela McCorduck, Journalistin, New York, USA: »Early AI in the United States«.
Location: TUM »Hörsaal 0120«, Arcisstraße 21 (0501), EG.
Starts at 17.00h.

[Mon 25 May]: Shannon Vallor, University of Edinburgh, UK: »The Digital Basanos: AI and the Virtue and Violence of Truth-Telling«.
Location: TUM »Hörsaal 0120«, Arcisstraße 21 (0501), EG.
Starts at 17.00h.

[Mon 8 June]: Wolfgang Bibel, TU Darmstadt: »Über die Entwicklung der KI in Deutschland«.
Location: Deutsches Museum »Alter Seminarraum«.
Starts at 16.30h; coffee served at 16,00h.

[Mon 22 June]: Harry Collins, Cardiff University, UK: »Do Intelligent Machines Understand Society?«.
Location: TUM »Hörsaal 0120«, Arcisstraße 21 (0501), EG.
Starts at 17.00h.

[Mon 6 July]: Vincent Müller, Technical University of Eindhoven, NL: »Wohin geht die Reise? Zukünftiger Fortschritt in der KI«.
Location: TUM »Hörsaal 0120«, Arcisstraße 21 (0501), EG.
Starts at 17.00h.

[Mon 20 July]: Panel discussion »Algorithms, Trust and Regulation«, with Virginia Dignum, Umeå universitet, SE, Kristian Kersting, TU Darmstadt, and MacKenzie Nelson, AlgorithmWatch
Location: Deutsches Museum »Ehrensaal«.
Starts at 16.30h.

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This lecture series is financially supported by Bayerische Forschungsallianz, project BayIntAn_TUM_2020_53.

Organisers: PD Dr. Rudolf Seising (Deutsches Museum), PD Dr. Hajo Greif und PD Dr. Jan Passoth (Digital Media Lab)

Contact: hajo.greif@tum.de, r.seising@deutsches-museum.de

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