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AI & Society Lab

The AI & Society Lab is an inter- and transdisciplinary research laboratory. It functions as an interface and translator between academia on one side and industry and civil society on the other. The lab’s projects are focused on the concrete changes and challenges AI introduces and their societal implications, alongside the general question of how society is changing with the increasing integration of artificial intelligence in political, social and cultural processes. The lab’s impact can be measured in newly established connections between stakeholders and contributions to the discourse that allow for the conscious and informed governance of AI (be they academic papers, multi-stakeholder workshops, public events or media products). The lab aims to become a thought leader for an open, inclusive, human rights-friendly and sustainable AI in Europe.


The AI & Society Lab engages with practically relevant topics in order to explore the societal implications of AI applications, such as the question of how AI infrastructures can be developed and deployed in order to achieve the common good. At the same time, the lab looks at the concrete application of normative guidelines in governance processes. 
The lab sees itself as an experimental space for new formats to advance knowledge generation and knowledge transfer to AI. Together with our partners, we develop innovative research designs and event formats that enable a practical and interactive communication process. 
AI is a hot topic. But beyond the hype, it is about profound social changes that go hand in hand with an increasing automation of infrastructures. Together with our partners, we explore how this development can happen in a way that is inclusive, consistent with human rights and sustainable.

  • Konstruktion von künstlicher Intelligenz
    Politics and law · Society and culture

    The discursive and political construction of AI

    Talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently abundant. Commentators, politicians, start-up founders make us believe that AI will change how we live, communicate, work...
  • Dewmystifying AI
    Entrepreneurship and innovation · Society and culture

    Demystifying AI in entrepreneurship

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to sustainably change how value is created in all sectors. In order to tab into this potential for...

Completed research projects

Lectures and presentations

Excellence and Trust – Webinar on the EU White Paper on AI. Representation of the European Commission in Germany, KI Bundesverband, Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. online event, Berlin, Germany: 04.05.2020

Wolfgang Schulz