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Daniel Miller: The global evolution of smart technologies

The event will be held in English and simultaneously interpreted into German. In addition, the lecture will be broadcast live from 8 pm. The recorded video will be uploaded to this website a few days after the event.

When we talk about technologies such as smartphones we assume that it is the technology that is smart. But who puts the smart into smart digital communication? The answers to this question can be found in the creativity and skill of the populations that use digital platforms, social media or ‘intelligent’ devices.  Users are often able to transform them into something very different from what companies and developers envisioned when they produced and created them.

In his talk, Daniel Miller will present the results of ten years of ethnographic research on the use of digital media by ordinary populations and their social consequences across the world, from China to Italy and from Uganda to Brazil. He argues that we need scholarly evidence drawn from the everyday lives of people to complement the influence of major academic thinkers. His lecture emphasises the need for respect and empathy for the ingenuity of ordinary people and the ways they appropriate digital technologies.


Daniel Miller: The global evolution of smart technologies
Tuesday, 21 November 2023 | 8 pm | Doors open 7:30 pm
Sauriersaal, Museum für Naturkunde | Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Berlin





Daniel Miller is Professor of Anthropology at University College London. He published his first book on the impact of the Internet in 2000. From 2012-2022 he led two major research projects: Why We Post on the use and consequences of social media and ASSA – Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing. These projects have produced 19 volumes based on ethnographies all around the world and were summarised in How the World Changed Social Media and The Global Smartphone (UCL Press).


7.30 pm  Doors open
8.00 pm  Welcome and introduction by host Tobi Müller
8.10 pm  Keynote by Daniel Miller
8.50 pm  Discussion and questions from the audience
9.30 pm  Get-together


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Making Sense of the Digital Society

The current rapid pace of technological change creates enormous uncertainties – and thus the need for explanations that help us better understand our situation and shape the future. The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) are therefore continuing the Lecture Series Making Sense of the Digital Society that was launched in 2017. The aim of the format is to develop a European perspective on the current processes of transformation and its societal impact.


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Event date

21.11.2023 | 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm ical | gcal


Museum für Naturkunde,  Invalidenstraße 43,  10115 Berlin


Lena Henkes

Researcher: The evolving digital society & Shaping 21st Century AI


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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