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AI: Artificial Intelligence

Seminar with Helga Nowotny

The unimagined futures of AI


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Helga Nowotny, expert in social studies of science and technology, speaks with Marina Garcés, Ricard Solé, Alejandra López Gabrielidis, and Lluís Nacenta about the transformations of AI in the digital age.

In her book In AI we trust: Power, illusion and control of predictive algorithms (in Spanish, La fe en la inteligencia artificial, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2022), Helga Nowotny analyses the social and cultural changes that have come with the rise of AI and the current co-evolution of machines and humans. From a standpoint that holds out digital humanism, she reflects on the narratives that are shaping today’s world and warns of the impact of apparently accurate predictive algorithms which could shrink the idea of an open future full of unimagined possibilities.

Helga Nowotny is Professor Emerita of Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and former president of the European Research Council. Other participants in the seminar are Marina Garcés, philosopher and writer, Ricard Solé, ICREA researcher and head of the Complex Systems Lab at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), Alejandra López Gabrielidis, philosopher specialising in art and digital technologies, and Lluís Nacenta, curator of the “AI: Artificial Intelligence” exhibition at the CCCB.



10:30 - 12:00 Lluís Nacenta / Marina Garcés / Ricard Solé / Alejandra López Gabrielidis / Helga Nowotny
12:00 - 12:15 Pause
12:15 - 13:30 Open discussion amongst all participants

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