UMI | Universum. Mensch.Intelligenz.

UMI presents cutting-edge research from Germany, presented in an appropriate format for young German learners as an interactive touring exhibition with five main themed areas:

The Universe | Human History | Our Brain | Anthropocene | AI.

Teaser photo The Universe © Babak Tafreshi / ESO Photo (detail)


Infinite vastness

The cosmos fascinates people – and has done since time immemorial, all over the world. How big is it? How did it come into being? Is there life out there?

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Teaser Human History © Damian Patkowski / Unsplash

Human History

How it all began – The journey of Homo sapiens

The origin of humanity is in Africa. Homo erectus spread out from there into Europe and Asia more than 1.5 million years ago. Homo sapiens – also called modern humans – are descended from these ancestor, as well as their close relatives, the Neanderthal and Denisova hominins.

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The Brain © Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried / Volker Staiger (Detail; edited by kocmoc)

Our Brain

The world in our head

Breathing, speaking, walking, laughing, making decisions – everything starts in our head. Our brain determines awareness, actions, thoughts and feelings, and even our character. What happens when we sleep, feel, learn, forget?

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Teaserbild Anthropozän © Mike C. Valdivia /unsplash


A world made by humans?

Humans change their environment. Today they are a determining factor for the whole of the earth system – from climate change to biodiversity. But is that enough for us to speak of a “geological era of humans”, the Anthropocene (from the Ancient Greek ánthropos, meaning man)?

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Roboter SOLO 8 © Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme, Stuttgart und Tübingen / Wolfram Scheible

Artificial intelligence

Science or fiction?

The expression “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) was first used in 1955 – in the context of a conference that introduced innovations such as early programs that could play chess. 40 years later the chess computer Deep Blue beat world champion Garry Kasparov. But what actually is AI? How does it develop?

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