You can participate in as many events as you want. All of them are open to you. If you participate in more than 20 events via call, you will even receive a certificate of participation! All events will be held in German. Therefore, we require proficiency in the German language.
Our Dialogue about Artificial Intelligence is a series where you can learn about artificial intelligence (AI), discuss its impacts, and be part of shaping it!
- Online (Big Blue Button)
- Every Saturday, 4-6 pm CET
- Starting 30th July 2022
- Ending 23rd January 2023 (including a winter break)
- Certificate of participation
We have invited both early-career scientists and well-distinguished researchers for our knowledge sessions. When selecting our speakers, we pay special attention to their ability to convey knowledge simply and comprehensibly. We consider the art of “explain like I’m 5” as the highest art of scientific communication 😉
In our dialogue sessions, you can talk with others about AI. Currently, dialogue about AI is mostly happening in industry, politics, and science. Our Dialogue about AI aims to get us all included in that dialogue – because AI impacts us all!
With whom? – Our Speakers
We have not yet translated all bios of our speakers but we will update this from time to time.
Our speaker for “What is AI?” on 06th August 2022
Julia Kaltenborn is currently completing her M.Sc. in Computer Science at McGill University and Mila in Montreal. Under the supervision of Prof. David Rolnick, she uses machine learning to optimize climate models. She is a DeepMind scholar, Mitacs Globalink Graduate fellow, and German Academic Scholarship Foundation fellow. While completing her B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, Julia was repeatedly and enthusiastically tutoring various AI lectures. Julia cares especially about science communication and hopes that we will build a foundation of AI knowledge in the general public.
Our speaker for “Where do you encounter AI in everyday life?” on 20th August 2022
Jonas Kraasch is completing his master’s in Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver this year. In collaboration with Metacreation Lab, he develops creative AI. During his B.Sc. in Cognitive Science, Jonas founded a reading group focused on AI and deep learning. Until today, students use this platform as a meeting point and to share and expand their knowledge. With his research, Jonas develops systems that support artists in automating their artistic practices. His research focuses on how AI can be used as a tool rather than a replacement for humans. Jonas cares especially about the ethics behind data collection and model development and the accessibility of new technologies for the general public.
Our speaker for “AI in the judiciary system” on 24th September 2022
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Elisabeth Paar is a legal scholar and researches at the intersection of constitutional law, legal theory, technology law, and medical law. Currently, she is a research assistant at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna and a doctoral candidate at the University of Graz. Her Ph.D. thesis investigates the constitutional limits of using AI in court proceedings. Before that, she studied law at the University of Graz and graduated top of her class in 2018. From August 2022 to May 2023, she is completing an LL.M. program at Yale Law School.
Our speaker for “AI in companies” on 1st October 2022
Michael Kramarsch is the CEO and founder of the hkp/// group – an international management consultancy at the intersection of HR, finance, and strategy. As a consultant, he focuses on corporate governance, the distribution of added value – from employee participation to executive compensation – and strategic HR questions regarding digitalization. He is the initiator of the ethics committee HR Tech. Additionally, Michael Kramarsch is a chairman of the executive board of the Association of Independent Compensation Consultants (Vereinigung unabhängiger Vergütungsberater, VUVB) and an advisory board member of the HHL Center for Corporate Governance, Leipzig. As an expert, he has advised several commissions, including the German government commission “Corporate Governance” chaired by prof. Dr. T. Baums (2001), and the government commission “Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex” (DCGK), chaired by Klaus Peter Müller and Dr. Manfred Gentz (2012 to 2014).
Our speaker for “AI in education” on 05th November 2022
In 2009, Tobias Thelen received his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Linguistics at the University of Osnabrück and has since then worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Computer Science. Since 2019, he is additionally teaching at the Institute of Cognitive Science. He is also the university’s academic manager for web technologies and e-learning. Furthermore, he is deputy manager at virtUOS, the Centre for Digital Teaching and University Didactics at the University of Osnabrück.
Our speaker for “AI and art” on 19th November 2022
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Ariana Dongus is a researcher in the field of Critical AI studies. In 2021, she was awarded as „AI Newcomer“ by the German Ministry of Education and the Society for Informatics. Between 2018 and 2022, she worked as researcher and teacher at the University of Karlsruhe HfG where she also coordinated the research group KIM (Artificial Intelligence and Media Philosophy). At HfG, she also coordinated a research project in the program “AI and the Society of the Future” funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. In exploring the intersection of biometrics, colonial pasts, new forms of work and machine ‘intelligence’, she contributes to a critique of today’s digital economies. She has held workshops and lectured nationally and internationally, for example at Ars Electronica, transmediale, PACT Zollverein, Bern University of the Arts, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts or during the European Media Art Festival.
Our speaker for “AI in agriculture” on 26th November 2022
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Joachim Hertzberg is a computer scientist and has been a professor of computer science at the University of Osnabrück since 2004. Additionally, since 2011, he has been the head of the research department on plan-based robot control at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Osnabrück. His research and teaching topics are AI, Mobile Robots, and their application, especially in agriculture, logistics and production. Among other fellowships and awards, he received the Fellowship of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) in 2014.
Our speaker for “AI and discrimination” on 03rd December 2022
Eva Gengler is a Ph.D. in the International Doctorate Programme “Business and Human Rights – Governance Challenges in a Complex World”. She is also a research associate at the Schöller chair of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Her research is dedicated to the problem of human rights, especially women’s rights, in the age of AI. In her research, she examines with a multi-level approach how discrimination against women by AI can be counteracted. Before, she worked on the ethical implications of AI in recruiting and was also an IT consultant in this field.
Our speaker for “How can governments influence AI?” on 17th December 2022
Theresa Züger is a research group leader at the AI Society Lab of the Humboldt University Berlin. Her research focuses on “Development of AI in the interest of the public”. In 2018-19, she led the Third Engagement Report, a report on the impact of digitalization on social participation, on behalf of the German federal government. Previously, she was head of the media policy lab at the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg after completing her Ph.D. on civil disobedience in the age of digital media at the Humboldt University in 2017.
Our speaker for “How can non-governmental organizations influence AI?” on 14th January 2023
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Anne Mollen is the senior policy and advocacy manager at AlgorithWatch. There, she focuses primarily on Automated Decision Making systems in public administration, at the workplace, and on the sustainability of such systems. Before her work at AlgorithmWatch, she conducted various research projects concerning digital media technologies and their connection to society and democracy.
For everyone! We especially encourage everyone with a non-technological background to participate – we have created this series specifically for you!
Do you have a limitation (resources, ability, etc.) that prevents you from participating? Or are you in a situation that makes participating difficult? Shoot us an email (ki[at]unserdialog.org) and we will find a way!
What is in there for me?
- A place for your questions & a place where you are heard
- Exchange and exciting discussions about AI
- More in-depth understanding of AI
- Certificate (for your CV)
Please note that this does not apply to participants of the live stream or those who attended only a few selected events.
Why is AI important now?
AI is important now because we are at the beginning of major societal changes. Imagine it like being in the 1970s of climate crisis history – right now we can still do a lot!
We understand and see the fundamental problems of AI today. We are also at a point in history where we can direct what future AI will look like. And to this end, we must include the general public: in AI policymaking, AI development processes, and AI funding decisions. Now is precisely the right time to start social participation in AI!
And why this series?
We are offering this series because current AI education primarily targets a tech audience. There are numerous university lectures, and one can find endless material about AI online. However, they are all aimed at an audience with prior knowledge! Or at persons who can speak English!
What about pupils who often do not learn anything about AI at school? What about all the “tech-grannies” (and don’t we all have our “tech granny” moments ;D)? What about all those of us who only know AI from the media??
All those who ask themselves, “Can AI take over the world?” or “Can computers feel?” or “Do we need to regulate AI?” have a hard time finding reputable places where these questions can be discussed. And that’s precisely why we offer a forum for them. Your questions will be heard, and you can finally learn what AI is.
How does this series work?
You can see the full schedule further below.
Modules, sessions and participation …
There are three modules:
- What is AI? (30th July – 13th August)
- AI and You (20th August – 03rd September)
- AI and Us (from 10th September)
There are three types of sessions:
- Knowledge sessions
- Dialogue sessions
- A mixture of both
There are two ways to participate:
- Live stream
And what happens after the series?
Afterward, we would like to initiate an AI Citizens’ Council.
Our role model is the Climate Citizens’ Assembly of Germany. The participants of a Citizens’ Assembly are randomly selected. But the randomization process takes representing the whole population properly into account. Those drawn learn what AI is and develop legislative proposals within two years. In Germany, the Citizens’ Assembly’s suggestion must then be discussed by the Bundestag. This way, the general population can be actively involved in AI policymaking. If you want to know more about the concept of a Citizens’ Assembly, check out buergerrat.de.
At a glance: The AI series starts on 30th July 2022 and takes place every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm.
Presentations and additional material will be uploaded here.
|Date & Time||Topic||Speaker|
|30th Jul 2022, |
|Dialogue module: What do you know about AI?||Internal moderation|
|06th Aug 2022, |
|What is AI?||Julia Kaltenborn|
|13th Aug 2022, |
|Dialogue module: How has your view on AI changed?||Internal moderation|
|20th Aug 2022, |
|Where do you encounter AI in everyday life?||Jonas Kraasch|
|27th Aug 2022, |
|What are my rights concerning AI?||Eduard Seeger|
|03rd Sep 2022, |
|Dialogue module: AI and Us||Internal moderation|
|10th Sep 2022, |
|17th Sep 2022,|
|AI fact-checking||Lukas Schießer|
|24th Sep 2022, |
|AI in the judiciary system||Elisabeth Paar|
|01st Oct 2022, |
|AI in companies||Michael Kramarsch|
|08th Oct 2022, |
|Dialogue intermezzo: Input of participants||Internal moderation|
|15th Oct 2022, |
|Neutrality of AI||Anna Richter|
|22nd Oct 2022,|
|AI in war and peace||Dr. Mats-Leon Richter|
|29th Oct 2022,|
|AI to tackle climate change||Dr. Alex Hernandez-Garcia|
|05th Nov 2022,|
|AI in education||Dr. Tobias Thelen|
|12th Nov 2022,|
|AI in medicine and healthcare||Dr. Daniel Kalthoff|
|19th Nov 2022,|
|AI and art||Ariana Dongus|
|26th Nov 2022,|
|AI in agriculture||Prof. Joachim Hertzberg|
|03rd Dec 2022,|
|AI and discrimination||Eva Gengler|
|10th Dec 2022,|
|AI and information||Michael Alexandrovsky|
|17th Dec 2022,|
|How can governments influence AI?||Dr. Theresa Züger|
|14th Jan 2023,|
|How can non-governmental organizations influence AI?||Dr. Anne Mollen|
|21st Jan 2023,|
|How can scientific organizations influence AI?||TBA|
|28th Jan 2023,|
|Concluding Dialogue: How can we as society influence AI?||Internal moderation|
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