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March 15, 2022, 7 p.m.
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In light of developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), the question of what defines human consciousness is gaining relevance. What distinguishes AI from human intelligence? Can a self-learning system develop consciousness? Do we learn new things about being human when we interact with machines, and what ethical questions does this raise?
The audience is warmly invited to discuss these and other questions, in the format of a fishbowl discussion, with artist Damjanski, brain researcher John-Dylan Haynes and philosopher Karen Joisten.
The event is a part of the Brain Awareness Week Berlin 2022.
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Damjanski is a Yugoslavian artist living in a browser. Concerned with themes of power, poetry and participation, he investigates black box approaches in our everyday lives. He is a co-founder and member of the incubation collective Do Something Good. In 2018, he co-founded MoMAR, a gallery concept aimed at democratizing physical exhibition spaces, art institutions and curatorial processes within New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His work has appeared internationally, including exhibitions at NRW-Forum, König Galerie, Roehrs & Boetsch, Pioneer Works, Tropez, Import Projects, MoCDA and MoMAR @ MoMA New York.Close
John-Dylan Haynes has been Professor of Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signaling at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience at Charité Berlin since 2006. Since 2009, he has been director of the Berlin Center for Advanced Neuroimaging, and since 2018, he has been head of the Master's program Mind and Brain at HU Berlin. He studied psychology at the University of Bremen from 1992 to 1997, where he received his PhD on neural correlates of visual consciousness. After research stays in Magdeburg, Plymouth and London, he became head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig in 2005. His research focuses on the question of whether thoughts can be read out and predicted from brain activity. The focus is not only on the further development of machine decoding methods for reading out consciousness content, but also on the question of the technical and ethical limits of this research. Other research interests include consciousness, intentions, free will, and intelligence. In addition to over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Haynes' research has been repeatedly reported in international media (including CNN, National Geographic, CBS, BBC, Guardian, NZZ, Spiegel, and DIE ZEIT).Close
Karen Joisten has been Professor of Philosophy at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern since 2018. Since 2020, she has been spokesperson for the potential area CEDIS (Center for Ethics and the Digital Society) and subject leader of the certificate program Technoethics at DISC (Distance and Independent Studies Center) at the University of Kaiserslautern. The program was named the Outstanding and Innovative Program of the Year 2021 by the German Association of Distance Learning Providers. She is, among other things, head of the Narrative Ethics Research Group as well as head of the Wilhelm Schapp Research Unit at TU Kaiserslautern and a member of the Ethics Committee of Saarland University Hospital. Among other positions, Joisten has been a visiting professor at the University of Kassel and a fellow at the Max Weber College Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Erfurt). Her current research focuses on the ethical challenges that arise in the course of digitalization and, more broadly, the technologization of the lifeworld. In this context, she has developed the integrative new approach of technoethics, which addresses, from a basic theoretical as well as an application-oriented perspective, in particular the ethical questions posed by the use of artificial systems. In fall 2022, her new book „Technoethik für neue digitale Systeme (TEDS). Eine Einführung“ (English: Technoethics for New Digital Systems (TEDS). An Introduction) will be published by Springer in the series Ethik-Mensch-Technik, which she edits.Close
In cooperation with Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften. Media partnership: taz, die tageszeitung. A part of Brain Awareness Week 2022.
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