Artificial intelligence, purportedly powerful algorithms, the social consequences of a computerised world – Goethe.de offers additional articles that explain and discuss these topics and issues.
Are our fundamental rights still adequate as protection in the era of big data, social networks and decision-making algorithms? To make sure, digital experts from Germany are campaigning for a Charter of Fundamental Digital Rights
of the European Union.
Not only legal and practical consequences, but also ethical implications arise when intelligent machines make decisions based on their own logic. An ethics commission
is therefore studying, for instance, the issue of responsibility for decision-making in autonomous motor vehicles.
And the opinion-making power of social bots
is also under critical scrutiny: to what extent are they able to influence political processes? The past election campaigns provided considerable grounds for discussion.
Overall, the debate on the impact of algorithms
is dominated by the demand for transparency on the one hand and the ever-increasing use of Google, Facebook and other providers' services on the other.
The expansion of digital technology is making itself felt in many areas of everyday life: robots
are increasingly in use in businesses of all kinds – not only in manufacturing, but also in the care sector, for example. In addition to some risks to job security, this also presents opportunities for more freedom and increased efficiency.
The model of the Smart City
– a city that, thanks to intelligent technologies, is both environmentally friendly and resource-saving – is no longer a utopia. But such a smart community does not come without a price: public space and the people operating in it are almost completely digitally mapped.
And what’s going on with art
? It too makes use of artificial intelligence for its own purposes. A growing number of creative artists are devoting themselves in their works to the relationship between code, art, and life in digital worlds.