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 [0] blog [1] but also in the real world [2] 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 [1], Olivia Mackowiak [2, 3] and Gerhard Schimpf [4] from Being Human with Algorithms visited the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) in Karlsruhe [5]. The ZKM is a place for experimental contemporary art installations. Check their website for more information [5]. 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 [1]. 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 […]

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