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Juni 2019

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Gibsons Cyberspace, Orwells 1984 - utopias and dystopias shape how we imagine the world of tomorrow. What influence do future ideas have on research and innovation?
In the Digitale Salon of the HIIG moderator Katja Weber discusses with the following guests:
  • Isabella Hermann, Sci-Fi Researcher, BBAW
  • Leyla Sünnenwold, Sci-Fi enthusiast, student at the UdK Berlin
Benedikt Fecher, head of the research programme Knowledge & Society and initiator of the essay competition "twentyforty", will introduce the topic.
Gibson's Cyberspace, Orwell's Surveillance Society, and soon perhaps Andy Weir's "Martians": Many of the technical and social utopias and dystopias that science fiction has created in the past seem - at least in part - to become reality today. But what influence does the genre have on the development of technology and science? And how much science is in science fiction in reverse? Our imagination has long been inspired by sci-fi stories - but what potential does it have to critically accompany technological change? What role do technical imaginations play in a time in which great social utopias are rare? What contribution can they make to the discourse on how we deal with new technologies and scientific achievements? These and many other questions will be addressed at the DigSal in June.
The Digitale Salon opens its doors at 6:30 pm. From 7 p.m. the show will be broadcasted live on hiig.de. Then it's time to join in - on site and via Twitter via #DigSal. The Digitale Salon takes place every last Wednesday of the month with a different topic. Records of past Digitale Salons and more information can be found here. No registration is required for the Digitale Salon.

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