Talk: Possibility Spaces, University Witten/Herdecke

Talk at University Witten/Herdecke.

Who calculates faster? Algorithms and their social monitoring.

The 6th Digital Salon took place at Witten/Herdecke University on November 28, 2018.

Possibility Spaces – Möglichkeitsräume

Announcement by Witten/Herdecke University:
It is impossible to imagine our everyday life without algorithms. They calculate the shortest route in navigation devices, defeat us in computer games, correct our spelling in writing programs and find the right partner in online dating. Their application is particularly sensitive when it comes to Big Data, in which very large volumes of data are evaluated and processed with the help of algorithms. What algorithms are, how they work, what should be taken into account and what – also ethical – problems this can lead to will be the topic of the 6th Digital Salon, which will take place on November 28, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m., Audimax) at Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H).

Prof. Georg Trogemann, Professor of Experimental Computer Science at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, who will give a talk on the topic of „Possibility Spaces,“ explains, „The transfer of human actions and thought processes to machines succeeds when action and thought are transformed by abstraction into a sequence of elementary and sub-activities and the context can be restricted in such a way that all decision alternatives, which can occur in the action or thinking process, can be fully determined in advance.“ „The more intelligent machines become, the clearer it becomes that their intelligence cannot be compared to that of humans“ says Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker, dean of the Faculty of Cultural Reflection. „Machines ‚tick‘ differently; so how can we succeed in monitoring their operations?“ The topic will be examined from a variety of perspectives.

Lectures: Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann, KHM Academy of Media Arts Cologne: Possibility Spaces, Artistic intervention: Ursula Damm, algorithms of the city, Prof. Dr. Elena Esposito, Universitá di Modena/ University of Bielefeld: algorithmic prediction.
The event is organized by Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker, Dr. Jonathan Harth and Maximilian Locher, UW/H Vice President Prof. Dr. Jan Ehlers will moderate the evening.

(link University Witten/Herdecke)