Speakers

Elisabeth André © private

Elisabeth André

is a computer scientist and Professor of Human-centric Artificial Intelligence at the University of Augsburg. In 2019 she was selected as one of the top ten most influential figures in Germany’s AI history.

Renata Ávila © Martín Corvera

Renata Ávila

is a human rights lawyer and activist with special expertise in matters relating to intellectual property, digital rights, private domain and data protection. As well as having spent many years representing high-profile whistle-blowers, she addressed this topic as co-author of the book Women, Whistleblowing, WikiLeaks, which was published in 2017.

Karla Zavala Barreda © Karla Zavala Barreda

Karla Zavala Barreda

is a researcher, designer, and digital project manager, who works at the intersection of software, design, and education. She is a co-founder of the research and design studio internet teapot that focuses on the belief that design and digital culture can be used in a socially transformative way.

Dirk Baecker © Jürgen Appelhans | Dirk Baecker

Dirk Baecker

is a sociologist and Professor of Cultural Theory and Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke. He is a co-editor of the journal Soziale Systeme (Social Systems), which focuses on sociological theories. In his book Intelligenz, künstlich und komplex (Intelligence, artificial and complex; 2019) he compares the intelligence of machines and humans. 

Cynthia Bennett

Cynthia Bennett

is a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research combines an interest in human-computer interaction with questions about barrier-free access and disability studies. She made it her goal to give more attention to the living realities of people with disabilities in a scientific context.

HB © Peter Felbert

Hans Block

Hans Block is a theatre and film director as well as a screenwriter and non-fiction author. Together with Moritz Riesewieck, he published the book Die digitale Seele - Unsterblich werden im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz in 2020. This collaboration also resulted in the documentary film The Cleaners - im Schatten der Netzwelt (2018).

Caroline Busta © private

Caroline Busta

is a writer and editor with a focus on questions of culture, technology and globalism. She is the founder of New Models, a media platform and community addressing the emergent effects of networked technology on art, politics, and pop culture.

Florian Butollo © Dawin Meckel

Florian Butollo

is a research associate at the research group "Globalisation, Work and Production" at the Berlin Social Science Center, where he heads the research group "Working in Highly Automated Digital-Hybrid Processes". From 2018 to 2020, he was an expert in the Enquete Commission "Artificial Intelligence - Social Responsibility and Economic Potential" of the German Bundestag.
 

Simon Caton © Emilia Krysztofiak

Simon Caton

is Professor of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD). His research focuses are grid and cloud computing in association with automated processes and social networks.

Timo Daum © Michelle Lischke

Timo Daum

works as an online designer, author and lecturer in the field of business information systems and digital transformation. His work focuses on the analysis and criticism of digital capitalism. At the moment he is is a guest researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).

 

Kate Devlin

Kate Devlin

is a lecturer in social and cultural artificial intelligence at King's College London. Her research priority is the interaction between cognition, sexuality, and intimacy with artificial intelligence. It is also the subject of her book Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots (2018).

Kanta

Kanta Dihal 

is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She leads two research projects, "Global AI Narratives" and "Decolonizing AI", in which she explores intercultural public understanding of artificial intelligence as constructed by fictional and nonfictional narratives. 
 

Anke Domscheit-Berg © Jesco Denzel

Anke Domscheit-Berg

is a publicist and net activist. As a member of the Bundestag and spokesperson for net politics for the party Die Linke, she is is particularly committed to themes related to digital society, open government and gender equality.
 

Ariana Dongus © Kristina Kast

Ariana Dongus

is a PhD student at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In her research, she analyses the intersections of biometric machines, colonial pasts, new forms of work and machine intelligence.

 

Priya Donti © Krell Institute

Priya Donti

is a PhD student specialising in Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also co-founder and chair of Climate Change AI, an initiative to catalyse impactful work at the intersection of climate change and machine learning.

Elena Falomo

Elena Falomo

is a designer, engineer and artist. In her practice she mixes art, activism, code and physical computing to create speculative probes and hyperbolic products. Her interests include feminism, digital rights, open software and education.

Johannes Ebert © Martin Ebert

Johannes Ebert

has been Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut since 2012. He has a background in Islamic Studies and Political Science and studied in Freiburg and Damascus. In his work, Johannes Ebert focuses not only on advancing European collaboration and integration, but also on the expansion of digital offers in foreign cultural and educational policy.
 

M Eifler a.k.a. Blinkpopshift © private

M Eifler a.k.a. Blinkpopshift

is an artist who comes from a background of design research in the software industry. The experimental work-in-progress entitled Prosthetic Memory involves an attempt to self-expand using artificial intelligence.

Luba Elliot

Luba Elliott

is a curator, producer and researcher specialising in AI in the creative industries.  She is currently working to educate and engage the broader public about the latest developments in creative AI at venues across the art, business and technology spectrum. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Artificial Intelligence.

Emilija Gagrčin

Emilija Gagrčin

is a doctoral candidate at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, where she is exploring how digitalisation and datafication are changing the way citizens perceive and exercise their role in democracy. She is also serving on the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, where she is entrusted with the topics of AI and internet governance.
 

Robert Geirhos © Robert Geirhos

Robert Geirhos

is a computer scientist with focuses on deep learning and vision science at the University of Tübingen and the international Max‑Planck‑Institut for intelligent systems. He is primarily interested in the question of when and why machines make mistakes.
 

Anton Ginzburg © Schaufler Residency@TU

Anton Ginzburg

is an artist from New York. His portfolio includes paintings, graphic art, film and sculpture. In his works he reflects the influence exerted by technological developments such as AI and machine learning on current artistic practices.

 

Abhishek Gupta 

Abhishek Gupta 

is the founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute and a software developer at Microsoft. As an AI Ethics researcher he works on the development of inclusive technology and focuses on methods to address ethical and inclusivity concerns in using artificial intelligence.

Janiça Hackenbuchner

Janiça Hackenbuchner

is currently working on her master’s thesis on the subject of “Gender Bias in Machine Translation” at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. She is a member of “BiasByUs”, a winning team at the Artificially Correct Hackathon hosted by the Goethe-Institute.

Alexa Hagerty © Alexa Hagerty

Alexa Hagerty

is an anthropologist and scholar of science, technology and society studies (STS) at the University of Cambridge. In her research she looks at the social impact of AI using participative and art-based methods, and has developed a game that demonstrates how computers can scan facial expressions to detect emotions.

Jeanette Hofmann © David Ausserhofer

Jeanette Hofmann

is a political scientist and Professor of Internet Politics at the Free University of Berlin. She also heads the project group “Politics of Digitalisation” at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) with a focus on global governance, regulation of the internet and the digital transformation.

Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki 

is Professor of literature, film, and the history of science at American University. Her diverse research focuses include her particular interest, the depiction of robots and cyborgs in literature and film. It is this topic that she explores in her book published in 2014, entitled Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People.

Frederike Kaltheuner © Alena Schmick

Frederike Kaltheuner

is a technology policy analyst and researcher. She manages the European AI Fund, a philanthropic initiative that promotes civil society in Europe. She has testified as an expert before the European Parliament, the Belgian Parliament and the British House of Lords.

 

Megan Kelleher 

Megan Kelleher

is a Ph.D. student at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). In her dissertation she is looking at the intersection between blockchain technologies and indigenous knowledge cultures. Her research activity is rooted in her indigenous background and her goal is to establish a clear-cut indigenous perspective.

Daisy Kidd

Daisy Kidd

is currently Project Lead of the youth initiative “What the Future Wants” at Tactical Tech, an international NGO based in Berlin that educates the public on the cultural, political and social role of technology.
 

Michael Klipphahn

Michael Klipphahn

is a PhD student at TU Dresden, focusing on the connection between magic and AI in contemporary art. As a scholarship holder of the Schaufler Kolleg@TU Dresden, he is researching the topic of “Artificial Intelligence as a Factor and Consequence of Social and Cultural Change” in collaboration with other artists at the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden.

Dominika Knoblochova © Tactical Tech

Dominika Knoblochová

is the Project Coordinator of youth project What the Future Wants at Tactical Tech, a Berlin-based NGO that works with an international audience and civil society actors to investigate and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. Dominika also develops and facilitates educational programs at the DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague.

Gwendolin Kremer © Nora Heinisch

Gwendolin Kremer

is an art historian and research associate at the art collections of the Office for Academic Heritage at the Technical University of Dresden as well as curator at the Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden and the University gallery.
 

Tim Landgraf

Tim Landgraf

is Professor at the Dahlem Center für Machine Learning and Robotics (DCMLR) at the Free University of Berlin. In his current projects RoboFish and BeesBook he is investigating the social behaviour of guppies and bees to gain an understanding of biological intelligence and develop artificial intelligence further. 

Jason Edward Lewis © Concordia University. Photo by Lisa Graves

Jason Edward Lewis

is a software designer, digital media scientist and poet. He is the founder of the Obx Laboratory for experimental media and Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University. There, he also heads the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, promoting the visibility of indigenous realities in research, technology and cyberspace.
 

Lil Internet © Lil Internet

Lil Internet

is a full-stack creative director and co-founder of New Models. Based in Berlin since 2015, he has directed music videos for Beyoncé, Diplo, and Iggy Azalea, and produced the tracks “Heavy Metal and Reflective” and “Yung Rapunxel” for Azealia Banks. His writing has been published by outlets such as Artforum, Dazed, Texte zur Kunst, 032c, and HIGHTech.

Christian Kosmas Mayer © Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden, Photo: Michael Kretzschmar

Christian Kosmas Mayer

is an artist, musician and author. In his works he primarily focuses on the conflicting priorities of nature, culture and science. He is residency artist for 2020 at the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, where his research focus was “Artificial Intelligence as a Factor and Consequence of Social and Cultural Change”.

Sabine Müller-Mall © Gordon Welters

Sabine Müller-Mall

is Professor of Legal and Constitutional Theory at the Technical University of Dresden. In her book Freiheit und Kalkül. Die Politik der Algorithmen (Freedom and calculation. The Politics of Algorithms; 2020) she takes a critical look at how algorithms advance the depoliticisation of society, and what needs to be done to prevent this development.
 

Marvin Mouroum 

Marvin Mouroum 

works as a computer vision engineer at iFab Ottobock and is a graduate of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology. He is a member of “A Word2Vec solution”, a winning team at the Artificially Correct Hackathon hosted by the Goethe-Institute.

Susanne Narciss © Jasmin Mühlbach

Susanne Narciss

is Professor of Psychology of Learning and Instruction at Dresden University of Technology. Her research interests include promoting self-regulated learning in socio-technical systems. In 2007, she received the “Distinguished Development Award” from the American Association of Educational Communi­cation and Technology.

Adriaan Odendaal © Adriaan Odendaal

Adriaan Odendaalaal

is a multimedia and content designer from South Africa, whose work revolves around algorithmic literacy, critical and speculative design, digital culture as well as game/software studies. He is a co-founder of the research and design studio internet teapot.

Fernanda Parente © Fernanda Parente

Fernanda Parente

is a curator, concept developer, entrepreneur and lecturer in the fields of art, culture and technology. She is specifically interested in the power of immersive content (VR, MR, XR) and in innovative ways to engage with audiences.

MR © Peter Felbert

Moritz Riesewieck

is a theatre and film director, as well as a scriptwriter and non-fiction author. Together with Moritz Riesewieck, he published the book Die digitale Seele - Unsterblich werden im Zeitalter Künstlicher Intelligenz in 2020. This collaboration also resulted in the documentary film The Cleaners - im Schatten der Netzwelt (2018).
 

Rebekka Roschy © Rebekka Roschy

Rebekka Roschy

is working on her PhD in the history of technology at TU Dresden, focusing on the historical development of artificial intelligence as an inner German comparison. The project is part of the Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence as a Factor and Consequence of Social and Cultural Change”.

Tiara Roxanne © Quran Karriem, Duke University, 2019

Tiara Roxanne

is a cyberfeminist, scientist and artist. Her interest is the interaction between indigenous bodies and Artificial Intelligence, to which end she questions the colonial structures embedded in machine learning systems. Alongside her research activities she also engages with these themes as an artist.

Danielle Saunders

Danielle Saunders

is a research scientist with a focus on machine translation at the RWS Group. Her primary research interest is controlling the behaviour of automated translation systems in response to unexpected or unusual language. 

Devon Schiller © Devon Schiller

Devon Schiller

is a culture semiotician and media historian. Schiller is recipient of a DOC scholarship awarded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research focus is biometric art, which draws on facial recognition and the semiotic temporality of facial behaviour.

 

Nishant Shah © Copyright @ ArtEZ University of the Arts

Nishant Shah

is Professor of the Aesthetics and Culture of Technologies at the ArtEZ University of the Arts. His current research interest is the interaction between Artificial Intelligence, digital subjectivity and disinformation, and it is the subject of his latest book, Really Fake (2021).
 

Rick Shaw © Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw

is a mathematician and actuary with a special interest in the relationship between people and AI. His current research priority is the application of complexity theory to algorithmic processes. In this context he is leading a team focused on the development of ethical algorithms.

Kathleen Siminyu 

Kathleen Siminyu 

is a computer scientist, machine learning engineer and co-founder of the initiative Nairobi Women in Machine Learning & Data Science. She is a fellow of the Mozilla Foundation, where she is working on the development of a speech transcription model for Kiswahili.

Stratton

Sara Cole Stratton

is the founder of Māori Lab, which has the goal to show how that Māori and indigenous values and knowledge are desperately needed to lead the way to new technological horizons. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future’s Council for AI Fairness and has a scientific background in both technological futures and the law. 
 

Jessica L. Tracy © Jessica L. Tracy

Jessica L. Tracy

is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is a social and personal psychologist, as well as an emotion researcher. Her work primarily focuses on emotions, non-verbal emotional expression and the emotions of pride and shame.
 

Ulrich Veit

Veit Ulrich

is a geography Masters student with a focus on geoinformatics. At the “Climate Change Hackathon”, he created the project Pledge4Future. Together with a group of researchers and students he developed the idea to create an online tool that can be used to measure and reduce work-related CO2 emissions in research.

Toby Walsh © TU Berlin/Press/Christian Kielmann

Toby Walsh

is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and heads the algorithmic decision theory research group at “Data61”, Australia’s largest digital research network. The main goal of his research is developing trustworthy AI governed by the principles of fairness, transparency, accessibility, and data privacy.

Blanka Weber

Blanka Weber

works as a moderator and author at MDR and Deutsche Welle, and is a radio correspondent at Deutschlandradio. She moderates panels on social and intercultural themes, and has a special interest in digitalisation and how artificial intelligence should be handled.

Svea Windwehr © David Ausserhofer

Svea Windwehr

is Senior Analyst for Public Policy und Government Affairs at Google Deutschland. Before her employment at Google she was active in groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a Mercator Fellow.

Eva Wolfangel © Helena Ebel

Eva Wolfangel

is a freelance journalist, moderator and speaker whose personal goal is to combine news reporting with science journalism. She is “European Science Writer of the Year 2018” and writes for a number of high-profile magazines and newspapers in Germany and Switzerland.

Anthony Yanick

Anthony Yanick

is a multi-modal media artist working at the nexus of philosophy art and technology. He co-founded The New Centre for Research & Practice and is currently a PhD candidate of the University at Buffalo in Media Study. His interests bring together philosophy, media theory, computer engineering and music.

 

Mushon Zer-Aviv © Mushon Zer-Aviv

Mushon Zer-Aviv

is as a designer, lecturer and media activist. His works and texts investigate how the interfaces of technological culture are reshaping politics, design and networks. He is an honorary resident at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and teaches digital media as a senior faculty member at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design.