The Toronto Declaration

GS - In Toronto on May 16th, a coalition of human rights and technology groups released a new declaration on machine learning standards, calling on both governments and tech companies to ensure that algorithms respect basic principles of equality and non-discrimination. Called The Toronto Declaration (Ref 1), the document focuses on the obligation to prevent machine learning […]

Being Human with Algorithms: Marc-Oliver Pahl interviews Martin Hellman

mop - Martin Hellman is best known for his role in inventing public key cryptography, the technology that enables secure Internet transactions. He also has contributed to the computer privacy debate, and was a key participant in the “first crypto war” of the late 1970s. He has authored over seventy technical papers, twelve US patents and a […]

The Villani Report – a meaningful Strategy for AI

GS - On the occasion of the “AI for Humanity” conference at the Collège de France, on March 29th 2018 the President of the French Republic presented France’s ambitions and strategy with regard to artificial intelligence. Development of artificial intelligence (AI) is a priority that the President of the Republic confirmed very early on by entrusting Cédric […]

Artist Manfred Mohr talks about the Digital Transformation

GS - Manfred Mohr is an internationally renowned pioneer of digital art. He was one of the first artists to replace brushes and canvas with computers and plotters. Among his numerous awards is the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art, which he received in 2013. He was honored by the ZKM / […]

Being Human with Algorithms: Marc-Oliver Pahl interviews Alan Kay

mop - Alan Kay is best known for pioneering personal and laptop computers, and the inventions of the now ubiquitous overlapping-window interface (GUI), and modern object-oriented programming, as part of the larger Advanced Research Projects Agency and Xerox PARC research communities. He likes to say “No one owes more to his research community than I do”. His […]

Living in Digital Worlds – Open Codes @ZKM Karlsruhe

mop - On March 23, 2018 Marc-Oliver Pahl [1], Olivia Mackowiak [2, 3] and Gerhard Schimpf [4] from Being Human with Algorithms visited the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe [5]. The ZKM is a place for experimental contemporary art installations. Check their website for more information [5]. We had the great pleasure to meet […]

Being Human with Algorithms ?

RS - Towards the end of the Middle Ages, there was an academic dispute between the then leading faculties theology and philosophy. Which one of the two was more important based on their origin and should be leading? Who should be mistress and who should be servant? Theology claimed leadership. After some considerations, the philosophers came back […]

A Military Perspective

GS - The IEEE has started a global initiative of Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. It covers a comprehensive set of topics to stimulate the ethical debate among researchers, engineers, the humanities, and affected end users. In their published material there is a section called Reframing Autonomous Weapons Systems which contains lots of background material and […]

Redemption through Machines?

RS - As a newcomer to the IT industry – especially with a philosophical and theological academic education – I was amazed already 20 years ago, about the many doctrines that I met in talks with the new colleagues. One believed “Microsoft alone is the future”, while the other spoke only of “micro-scrap” and even then believed […]

Does Artificial Intelligence fundamentally change our Being (Human)?

mop - On February 16, 2018, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, held a talk at the TUM Speakers Series [1]. Schmidt drew a very positive picture of the current development that algorithms more and more take over tasks that humans did before. More specifically he referred to the healthcare domain. Schmidt explained that in his vision […]

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