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April 2019

Dirk Baecker: Digitalisation and the Next Society

A new era in human society is beginning with digital media. While language, writing and book printing had been the hallmarks of this era, machines are now taking part in communication for the first time. Will society in the future be decisively determined by networks and artificial intelligences? At the heart of cognitive science is the observation of a complex synchronisation of organic, neuronal, mental, emotional and artificial intelligence. But how can we master the challenge of artificial intelligence? In his lecture, Dirk Baecker will draw a more precise picture of human as well as social intelligence, because only a more precise understanding of these will enable us to react appropriately to the new challenges.

Dirk Baecker is Professor of Cultural Theory and Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke. As a theorist of systems, Dirk Baecker earned his doctorate and habilitated under Niklas Luhmann. He is the author of more than two dozen books in the field of cultural, organisational and economic sociology. His most recent book 4.0 oder Die Lücke die der Rechner lässt was published in 2018 by Merve.
6:30 p.m.                      Introduction
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.    Welcome and Introduction
7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    Digitalisation and the Next Society, Dirk Baecker (University of Witten/Herdecke)
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    Moderated Discussion and Questions from the Audience
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Get-Together
The event will be held in German and simultaneously translated into English. For press accreditation, please contact Florian Lüdtke. This event will be recorded and broadcasted live. By signing up you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded during the event and to the use of the content in connection with the promotion and public relations of the event.
Making Sense of the Digital Society
This event is part of the lecture series "Making Sense of the Digital Society", which is jointly organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).
The first speaker this year is sociologist Eva Illouz. She will be followed by international experts such as Dirk Baecker, José van Dijck and Louise Amoore.

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