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ai imaginaries

“I miss imaginaries that spell out ideas of AI as a public good”

Christian Katzenbach recently worked with his colleague Jascha Bareis on a project that compared the strategies of various countries such as France, the US and China to partake in a...

autonomous cars

Killer cars? Autonomous vehicles and criminal liability

Who is criminally responsible when an autonomous car is involved in a car accident such as the accident in Arizona? The immediate suspects include: the user, the software company, the...

demystifying ai

An autopilot for online marketing

Online marketing is an important sales channel for many companies. But to make campaigns efficient, you often need to analyse large amounts of data. AI-based solutions such as the Adspert...

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demystyfing ai

Quo vadis – what types of AI are produced in Germany?

AI startups in Germany are an important driver to fully exploiting the economic potential of AI through innovative products, services and business models. In this blog post, Jessica Schmeiss and...

How (un-)intelligent is our collaboration with AI?

Discussing whether a machine is intelligent is relevant, but more urgent is the question whether our collaborations with machines are intelligent. An intelligent collaboration with Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires complementary...

alexander von humboldt

Discovering the digital cosmos with Humboldt

He was not only a star who filled lecture halls with reports of his travels and discoveries. Alexander von Humboldt is known today as both the last polymath and a...

AI-infused decisions: “and a spoonful of dignity”

AI has the potential to make decisions and optimise processes – for example in medical treatments. But the new kind of AI-infused decision making works in obscure ways and we...

The key challenges of social robots

What are the key ethical, legal and social (ELS) issues of social robots? How can these challenges be addressed? To answer these questions, Christoph Lutz conducted with two research colleagues...

The German AI startup landscape: trends and challenges

“We are gambling with our future in Germany. We definitely need more AI firms that develop solutions for our existing industry structure. Currently, we are missing that trend.” says Fabian...

Translating law into code – why computer scientists and lawyers must join forces

GDPR has shown that law and computer science have more in common than one might initially assume. It is therefore even more important to find a common language for the...

Digitalisation in German SMEs: five successful case studies

Digitalisation offers new opportunities and growth potential, especially for German SMEs. But what specific activities and strategies are being pursued by SMEs in terms of digital innovations? What are the...

Where are we heading? – AI in public administration

The public sector is one of the fields of action in the AI strategy of the German government. Artificial intelligence has great potential for modernizing administration, while modernizing administration through...

Broaden our horizons: Digitalisation in the SME sector

Since 2016, the HIIG has been actively supporting German small and medium-sized enterprises within the context of a BMWi-funded project to better assess and master the opportunities and challenges of...

Still “Neuland”?

The digitisation of the world of labour – this has almost become a mantra. Whole of Germany is talking about changes in everyday working life, the labour market and industry...

How much magic is behind German AI production?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the way value is created and captured across all industries. For Germany, to fully tap into this potential, it is essential to...

Trading as a journalist with a new media currency

The We-Publish Infrastructure implements the idea of a media currency (“Medienfranken”) in the form of a cryptocurrency and establishes an decentralised infrastructure for the media and journalists on a blockchain....

Talk with Chelsea Manning on tech and society

In May 2018, Theresa Züger, who wrote her PhD thesis about digital forms of civil disobedience at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, had the chance to speak...

Applying Sortition in the EU: House of Lots or Random Votes?

The ‘digital constellation’ offers both opportunities and risks for democracy. While the information and communication technologies allow us to instantly communicate with each other enhancing the democratic dialogue, they prove...

Digital Singularisation

According to Andreas Reckwitz, we are living in a time of fundamental social change — our society is becoming a society of singularisation. Digitisation is playing a pivotal role in...

Innovation competition: Crazy ideas welcome

Open innovation – the strategic opening of innovation processes for external or even lay persons – is not yet very widespread in Germany. Other countries are already much further along,...

Digital innovation: Integration of an online ad platform

In the fifth part of the blog article series, we present a traditional media company headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany, which was able to expand its existing product portfolio with a...

What if politicians weren’t elected but rather drawn by lot?

Modern Western liberal democracies are under criticism: low voter turnout, overrepresentation of political extremists, corruption and polarisation – alongside the absence of a civilised political debate in the context of...

Digital Innovation: Creating customer value through an Industrial Internet of Things platform

In the fourth part of the blog series we present how a market leading German manufacturer of corrugators has increased productivity for customers through an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)...

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Colonised by data: the hollowing out of digital society

What exactly is colonial about the economic use of data? On November 20, Nick Couldry continued the lecture series Making Sense of the Digital Society. In his lecture, he focused...