The research topics of the digilog@bw project will be presented to the audience at a public kick-off event. Citizens are invited to talk to participating scientists about their research topics and give suggestions for the work of the network.
The digitization of business and society often focuses on technical aspects of autonomous driving, the use of sensors in everyday devices or the use of artificial intelligence. But technology alone is not the key to successful digitization. For it to succeed, one must also look at the effects that such innovations have on the individual as well as on society as a whole.
As part of its digital strategy digital@bw, the state of Baden-Württemberg therefore supports the digilog@bw research network coordinated by the University of Mannheim. The University of Mannheim, the KIT, the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, the Leibniz Institute for the German Language (IDS), the Leibniz Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), the Leibniz Institute for the Media of Knowledge (IWM) and the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) have joined forces in digilog@bw to research the social and societal effects of digitization and develop recommendations for its design.
Questions that can be discussed in the Citizens' Forum are, for example: What consequences will it have for the individual and society if we become more and more dependent on social media, electronic marketplaces and our smartphone in our daily lives? What does it mean, if human decisions are increasingly supported by artificial intelligence, sometimes even replaced? How do we deal with the fact that the Internet opens up infinite sources of knowledge to us, but at the same time we leave behind data traces through which others learn a great deal about us? How does social media change language and communication and what impact does it have on political debates?