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März 2018

Elena Esposito: Future and Uncertainty in the Digital Society

What does prediction by algorithms and AI mean? Organisations and administrations are collecting and storing massive amounts of data in order to detect patterns in the present and generate expected scenarios of the future. How do algorithms and AI help us in coping with increasing uncertainties and huge amounts of data – and at what price? What can we know, in turn, about these technological infrastructures of our society? How does AI shift our understanding and production of knowledge? And how do algorithmic forecasts affect our relationship with the future?

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb kindly invite to the third event in their academic lecture series: Elena Esposito, leading European sociologist, will shed light on those questions and share her perspective on our understanding of future in a society of algorithmic forecasts and data-based predictions.

Elena Esposito: Future and uncertainty in the digital society
Monday, 12 March 2018 | 7 – 10 pm (ical/gcal) | doors open 6.30 pm
Auditorium Friedrichstraße | Friedrichstraße 180 | 10117 Berlin

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Elena Esposito is professor of sociology at Bielefeld University and at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She is one of the leading advocates of systems theory. Esposito studies problems of time in social systems, including memory and forgetting, fashion and transience, probability calculus, fiction, and the use of time in finance. Her current research focuses on the possibility and forms of forgetting on the web, on a sociology of algorithms and on the proliferation of rankings and ratings for the management of information.


6.30 pm    Doors open
7.00 – 7.15 pm      Welcome and introduction
7.15 – 8.00 pm      Future and uncertainty in the digital society
Elena Esposito (Bielefeld University & University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
8.00 – 9.00 pm    Moderated conversation and questions from the audience
9.00 – 10.00 pm      Get-together

The event will be in English and simultaneously translated into German. This event will be recorded and broadcast live. By attending 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Events are free but due to space constraints registration is required. We kindly ask you to be at the venue at 6.30 pm. Registering does not guarantee admission and seating will be available on a first come, first seated basis.

Making Sense of the Digital Society

The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb are organising an Elena Esposito: Future and uncertainty in the digital society. The high-profile series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing. It started with an inaugural lecture by Manuel Castells about power and counter-power in the digital society in December 2017 and was continued by Christoph Neuberger in January 2018. Further confirmed speakers are Marion Fourcade, professor of sociology at the UC Berkeley and José van Dijck, author of the forthcoming book The Platform Society and president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Auditorium Friedrichstraße
Friedrichstraße 180
10117 Berlin

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Christiane Matzen, M. A.
Head of Science Communication

Christiane Matzen, M. A.

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 41

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