Get out of Facebook?
GS - 2019-11-22 Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his vision for the future of the company at the annual Developer Conference. The Group’s products provide the infrastructure for core democratic functions such as freedom of expression, news distribution and access to information. Our societies are increasingly shaped by how Zuckerberg and a small elite of Silicon […]
It is time to demystify Artificial Intelligence
GS - Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have an impact on the way we live and work together in the future. The societal implication of this technology is often discussed in a negative and speculative context, often by people who don’t know the basic principles of AI and even misunderstand what AI is all about. To overcome this […]
The Big Nine
GS - 2019-07-29 This book written by Amy Webb is about Artificial Intelligence and how the “Big Nine”, in her words how the American giants Google plus MAFIA (Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and Apple) together with their Chinese Opponents, the BAT (Baidu, ALIBABA, and Tencent) are shaping the world with their technology and how they could warp […]
Being Human with Algorithms: Robert Tarjan
mop - The Digital Transformation is currently changing all aspects of our lives fundamentally. In this series I discuss with people about their personal experiences regarding this Digital Transformation. This episode: Robert Tarjan, Turing Award Winner (“Nobel Price” for Informatics): 1986 for fundamental achievements in the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures. More info about […]
Whitfield Diffie (EN, 2018-09-26)
mop - The Digital Transformation is currently changing all aspects of our lives fundamentally. In this series I discuss with people about their personal experiences regarding this Digital Transformation. This episode: Whitfield Diffie, Turing Award Winner (“Nobel Price” for Informatics): 2015 for fundamental contributions to modern cryptography. More about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitfield_Diffie The interview took place at the […]
How is your BCI doing?
GS - 2019-07-18 Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) are nearly ready for the first Human Volunteer and this will raise new questions about ethics and computer science. As we know from the lecture given last year by Professor Alexander Filipovic´ during our Symposium Being-Human with Algorithms, we know that ethical values are nor cast in stone. “Technical innovation […]
Steve Cook (EN, 2018-09-26)
mop - The Digital Transformation is currently changing all aspects of our lives fundamentally. In this series I discuss with people about their personal experiences regarding this Digital Transformation. This episode: Steve Cook, Turing Award Winner (“Nobel Price” for Informatics): 1982 for his contributions to complexity theory. More about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Cook. The interview took place at the […]
Your Face is Personal Data
GS - 2019-07-10 After San Francisco has banned face recognition, here is hope for privacy also in Europe. Europe’s privacy watchdogs are looking to beef up restrictions for the use of facial recognition in a move that will affect how governments and big tech companies use this technology. Data protection agencies will discuss new guidelines this week […]
Tony Hoare (EN, 2018-09-25)
mop - The Digital Transformation is currently changing all aspects of our lives fundamentally. In this series I discuss with people about their personal experiences regarding this Digital Transformation. This episode: Sir Tony Hoare, Turing Award Winner (“Nobel Price” for Informatics): 1980 for fundamental contributions to the definition and design of programming languages. More about him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hoare […]
Making Ethical Decisions: “How I Screwed Up, and How To Avoid It”.
GS - 5.7.2019 „Challenges in Making Ethical Decisions: A Personal Perspective” was the title of the talk which Martin Hellman gave during our Being-Human with Algorithms Symposium last year in Heidelberg. Two days ago he held the “Heidelberg Lecture” on invitation by this year’s meeting of the Nobel laureates in Lindau. Both meetings, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum […]
Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint
GS - 2019-06-10 One of the pressing problems to be solved until 2030, is the climate change and the transformation of current technologies towards zero emission. This must be seen in the light that among others the EU member states have signed the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The question now is whether computer science (CS) is part […]
Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism
GS - Report on the Workshop on Digital Humanism Hannes Werthner, TU Wien April 2019 The first international workshop on Digital Humanism was held in Vienna, Austria, April 4 – 5, 2019. It was organized by the Faculty of Informatics of TU Wien, and supported by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, and the Viennese Municipal Department […]
OECD Principles for trustworthy AI
GS - 05-28-2019 There is hardly an international body that does not currently deal with the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whether at the EU level, in the G7 or G20 – groups of states around the world are struggling to find the political framework for technology. Less attention has been paid to the work of the […]
GS - 2019-05-13 The question of ethics is widely discussed in CS research, politics, and industry. What is the role of ethics? Should it serve the business and provide a stamp “Ethics Inside” on their AI products or are ethical values undisputable? The EU is now revealing a new system of ethics with specific relation to the […]
You are fired!
GS - 2019-05-10 One of the topics discussed during our symposium Being Human with Algorithms were the effects of decision making algorithms on interpersonal relationships and especially on the workplace. A recent report by the Verge revealed practices used by Amazon. Amazon’s demanding culture of worker productivity has been revealed in multiple investigations. But a new report […]
Small stickers on the ground trick Tesla autopilot into opposing traffic lane.
GS - 05/05/2019 Do we understand AI and do we trust AI? These were the two basic questions raised by Katherine Jarmul during her presentation at the Being Human with Algorithms symposium in Heidelberg last year. Her answer was we should be extremely careful, because we are still in an early stage before machine learning systems may […]
The AI Ethics Gudelines Global Inventory
GS - AI and Ethics is currently a hot topic. On what basis regulation should take place and on what criteria should be applied is an open question. The international debate between science, industry, and policy makers reaches the civil society. ACM Europe has issued a white paper about ADM (automated decision making systems). https://europe.acm.org/binaries/content/assets/public-policy/ie-euacm-adm-report-2018.pdf New ethics […]
Our symposium 2018 was a great success!
mop - The so-called Digital Transformation is omnipresent and irreversible. It affects all strata of the population and all areas of life. The central term “algorithm” has recently been reduced to a negative connoted interaction between man and machine. Actually, an algorithm is something neutral, a calculation rule that humans have been using for many centuries. To […]
Bioinformatics: Gerhard Schimpf interviews Sebastian Schultheiss
GS - Sebastian J. Schultheiss is Managing Director of Computomics Molecular Data Analysis in Tübingen, Germany. His company specializes in applied bioinformatics, specifically for agricultural applications like plant breeding to improve crops. Gerhard Schimpf (GS): Sebastian, thank you for agreeing to an interview about our topic Being Human with Algorithms. Could you introduce yourself and give us […]
Life 3.0, Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
GS - MIT Physics Professor Max Tegmark has written an enthralling page turner about where we stand in the field of AI and where we could end up if we let things go uncontrolled. Tegmark is one of the founders of The Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research and outreach organization in the Boston area […]
Marc Oliver Pahl interviews Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit (Digital Entrepreneur)
mop - Àlex Rodríguez Bacardit is the founder of Marsbased, a fully digital company with literally no physical office. He is also the regional director of Startup Grind Barcelona. Marc-Oliver Pahl: Àlex it’s a great pleasure having you today on the interview. We are running the symposium “Being Human with Algorithms” “Mensch-Sein mit Algorithmen” as you know. […]
Interview with Taras Panchenko about the Digital Future
GS - Taras Panchenko is the chair of the Ukrainian ACM chapter, President of the Hackathon Expert Group and member of the CECL subcommittee of the ACM Europe Council. He says he is a life lover, a world changer, and breakthrough inspirer. Gerhard Schimpf (GS): Taras, I appreciate that you volunteered for this interview about the Symposium […]
Interview with Mashhuda Glencross about the Digitization
GS - Mashhuda Glencross is a research consultant in computer graphics, xR and human computer interaction. She is director of research and development at Pismo Software Ltd. and SwitchThat Technologies Ltd. Mashhuda is active in several ACM groups. Currently she is the Vice-Chair of the Committee of European ACM Chapter leaders (CECL), a subcommittee of the ACM […]
Do you want to shape the Digital Transformation, or should it shape you?
mop - Dear reader, the Digital Transformation is unstoppable. We interact with algorithms every day – voluntarily and involuntarily. Sometimes this is good for us, sometimes it is not. In each case we cannot escape this reality. Not only in our  blog  but also in the real world  we want to shape the Digital Transformation […]
Being Human with Algorithms: Marc-Oliver Pahl interviews Vinton G. Cerf
mop - Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is a member of the National Science Board and National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and […]
Interview with Katharine Jarmul about the Digitization
GS - Katharine Jarmul is a data scientist and co-founder of KIProtect, a data security and privacy company for data science workflows in Berlin, Germany. She researches and is passionate about ethical machine learning, data privacy and information security. Gerhard Schimpf (GS): Katharine, thank you very much that you accepted our invitation to speak at our Symposium […]
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 , Olivia Mackowiak [2, 3] and Gerhard Schimpf  from Being Human with Algorithms visited the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe . The ZKM is a place for experimental contemporary art installations. Check their website for more information . 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 . 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 […]
Notes on Algorithmic decision making and the cost of fairness
GS - The question whether intelligent decision making algorithms produce fair and unbiased results is widely discussed by researchers. It seems that the bias is not contained in the algorithm itself but in the data used to train the algorithm. Viewed in the context these algorithms are being used, they pose starting points for sophisticated ethical […]
ACM Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability
EOW - Von Ernst O. Wilhelm. Algorithms in Artificicial Intelligence (AI) are having increasing impacts on individuals and society with great benefits as well as potential harmful bias which needs to be addressed from the onset and not as afterthought. On May 25, 2017 the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council and the ACM Europe Council Policy Committee […]
The Right to Explanation
GS - In the EU, the new GDPR effective 2018 has impacts on machine learning applications and strengthens the position of affected EU citizens. In the paper “European Union regulations on algorithmic decision-making and a “right to explanation” written by Bryce Goodman and Seth Flaxman analyze the potential impact that the European Union’s new General Data Protection […]
Künstliche Intelligenz: Chance oder Gefahr?
EOW - Von Ernst O. Wilhelm. Auf der Basis einer im November veröffentlichten Umfrage, in der knapp über 1.000 Bundesbürger telefonisch befragt wurden, kommt die Bitkom zu dem Schluss, dass die Bundesbürger in allen Lebensbereichen grundsätzlich große Chancen beim Einsatz von Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) sehen wie z.B. in der Verkehrssteuerung, bei der Übertragung körperlich belastende Tätigkeiten, bei der […]
Guidelines for self-driving cars: all lives matter
GS - In terms of regulations for self-driving cars, Germany takes the lead. The German federal government will adopt new guidelines for self-driving cars inside the country, which will prioritize the value and equality of human life over damage to property or animals. German Guidelines These guidelines were presented on Aug. 23 2017 by an ethics committee on […]
Being Human with Algorithms is much more than automated driving
GS - In a recent article that appeared in Communications of the ACM, Martin Hellman (ACM Turing award winner 2016, together with Withfield Diffie) refers to a risk in today’s cyber security systems, which is probably overlooked by experts. In the 1970s, Diffie and Hellman developed the method of Public Key Cryptography which was later perfected by […]
Mensch-Sein mit Algorithmen
mop - Mensch-Sein mit Algorithmen – Being Human with Algorithms Die digitale Transformation verheißt neue Geschäftsmodelle, weiter steigende Gewinne und zahlreiche Erleichterungen im Alltag. Dem stehen Ängste,Warnungen und ethisch begründete Befürchtungen gegenüber, dass Algorithmen missbraucht werden, sich verselbständigen und nicht mehr kontrolliert werden können. Mensch-Sein, Algorithmen und Verantwortung Noch vor Kurzem überraschten uns Datensammlungen in bis dahin […]
Being Human with Algorithms
mop - Being Human with Algorithms – Mensch-Sein mit Algorithmen The digital transformation promises new business models, increasing profits, and numerous simplifications in our everyday lives. Besides the many opportunities there are also challenges that must be taken seriously. Those challenges are typically non-technical, concerning social implications of living with algorithms. Fears that were described in science […]