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Kanta Dihal: How the world sees intelligent machines

The event will be held in English and simultaneously translated into German. In addition the lecture will be broadcasted live from 7 pm. The recorded video will be uploaded to this website a few days after the event.

People have been imagining intelligent machines for millennia, in ways that vary greatly across cultures. Yet as Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to fulfil its potential as a technology, spreading across the globe from its origins in 1950s America, many of these non-Western perspectives are marginalised. These stories, films and visions matter: they are interwoven with broader cultural attitudes and approaches to intelligent machines. In her lecture, Kanta Dihal will introduce such visions from across the globe and elaborate on three main themes: the differences between ‘Eastern’ and ‘Western’ visions of AI, the ways AI is imagined in communist states and anti-colonialist narratives of AI. Why are these marginalised perspectives still of great relevance for today’s societies and what can they teach us about ourselves?


Kanta Dihal: How the world sees intelligent machines
Wednesday 11 May 2022 | 7 pm | Doors open 6:30 pm
Spreespeicher (030 Eventloft) –  Stralauer Allee 2A, 10245 Berlin
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Kanta Dihal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on science narratives, particularly those that emerge from conflict. She currently manages the Cambridge branch of ‘Desirable Digitalisation’, an international research collaboration that investigates intercultural perspectives on AI and fundamental rights and values. She is co-editor of the books AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking About Intelligent Machines (2020) and Imagining AI: How the World Sees Intelligent Machines (2022) and has advised the World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords, and the United Nations. She obtained her DPhil on the communication of quantum physics at Oxford in 2018.

Corona note

Due to the continued high level of infection, the event will take place under the 3G rule. Admission will only be granted to registered persons who have been fully vaccinated, recovered or can provide a test result valid on the day of the event. Persons who have been boostered and those who have recently recovered are not required to bring an additional test. Fully vaccinated persons are also not required to submit a test if they were last vaccinated less than three months ago. FFP2 masks are still required. As the admission takes longer than usual due to the hygiene concept, we kindly ask you to be there in time.


18:30  Doors open
19:00 – 19:10  Welcome and introduction
19:10 – 20:00  Kanta Dihal: How the world sees intelligent machines
20:00 – 20:45  Discussion and questions from the audience. Moderation: Tobi Müller


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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

11.05.2022 | 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm ical | gcal


Spreespeicher (030 Eventloft),  Stralauer Allee 2A,  10245 Berlin


Lena Henkes

Researcher: Knowledge & Society


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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