Opinion pieces on machine learning and its impact on society and science
August 14, 2023 Tilman Gocht, Martin Krohs

New Directions in Science Communication: The Themed Channel “AI and Sustainability”

“AI and Sustainability” – Since April 4th, 2023, the science and debate platform has offered the public a discussion forum, a place to ask questions, or simply to inform themselves about the topic. With this new approach, and the Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning" aim to provide new impulses in the complicated thicket of science communication that are focused on dialogue with the public.
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February 15, 2023 Bubacarr Bah, Philipp Berens, Franca Hoffmann, Audrey Namdiero-Walsh, Wilfred Ndifon

Developing Data Science and Machine Learning in Africa

Research in machine learning and data science in and from Africa has the potential to play a more significant global role and faces unique challenges. The pan-African network of AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) and its postgraduate programmes prepare young Africans to contribute towards this goal.
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September 13, 2022 Larissa Höfling, Ilja Mirsky

Rooting Democracy in the Digital Age

Artificial intelligence (AI) and democracy have many touchpoints. What is unclear, however, is whether AI will strengthen or weaken democracy in the long run. It is about time that we, as researchers and citizens, get more involved and develop ideas for a digitally competent democracy together.
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December 15, 2021 Bob Williamson

AI as Mediator

There is currently much debate about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with one widespread view holding that AI should never be used to make consequential decisions affecting people. In this blog post, I suggest that on the contrary, rather than worrying about AI “making decisions” about us, we should should pay more attention to who commissioned the chain of technological action using AI rather than the technology itself.
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July 19, 2021 Thomas Grote

Where Algorithms and People Are Allies

Who makes better medical diagnoses, an algorithm or a human? A philosopher specialized in technology, Thomas Grote, says viewing this as a rivalry isn’t productive. He argues in favor of focusing on the interplay of the two – and emphasizes the significance of philosophy.
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