Dear friends and fellow researchers,
The current lockdown is boosting online activity; the digital sphere has become a lifeline for many. This means there’s a lot to do for researchers studying the relationship between the internet and society. Our research colleagues have never been busier. Some are asking questions about how Covid-19 is activating the digital society. Others, at HIIG’s Elephant in the Lab journal, have initiated a special issue on science during Covid-19, which is concentrating on the unprecedented challenges to science and higher education.
At our regular talk series, Digitaler Salon, we discussed how technology and digitalisation can be more sustainable. We encountered another perspective in a post on our Digital Society Blog about what the current AI hype means for the climate and environment and how politicians are reacting to it.
But there is also a reason to celebrate: we just founded the AI & Society Lab, which focuses on interdisciplinary research on AI. Are you working on something that might relate to the lab? We’re looking forward to starting the conversation!
Stay tuned & stay safe,
Jeanette Hofmann | Björn Scheuermann | Thomas Schildhauer | Wolfgang Schulz