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A humble view from inside evolution: imagining our digital future

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 17:00 - 18:00
Speaker: Helga Nowotny (Vienna Science and Technology Fund)
Location: Raiffeisen Lecture Hall, Central Building
Series: Public outreach event
Host: Thomas Henzinger
Contact: ELLER Arinya
Central building lecture hall

Humans are the only species on Earth with the ability to see evolution from inside. This is largely due to the outcome of our ongoing cultural evolution - mainly science, technology, innovation and art. A humble view means that we should reflect on what we are doing in and with evolution. This allows us, or perhaps obliges us, to imagine and speculate about the future. While the convergence between computing power, algorithms, massive data and commercial rewards proceeds rapidly, the impact on society is far from clear. It will be immense and remains unpredictable. This leads to a proliferation of imaginaries of the digital future. Beyond the polarizing projections of what it will mean to be human and to live in a digital age, I will present an artist’s conception and how to navigate between hubris and humbleness.

Free shuttle buses are provided to / from campus:
Regular IST shuttle #142: 4:03 pm from U4 Heiligenstadt/public bus stop (return from IST Austria campus at 6:40 and 7:10 pm)
Special IST Lecture shuttle: 4 pm from the Schwedenplatz/night bus stop (return from IST Austria campus at 7 pm)

Please register for the Lecture and shuttle here by February 25.

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