26. Mai 2021

Vienna Gödel Lecture 2021

“Technology is Driving the Future, But Who Is Steering?” Moshe Y. Vardi

In this year’s Gödel lecture, Moshe Vardi will explain why the ethical lens is too narrow for dealing with technology’s impact on society. Join via Zoom on 27th of May at 17:00.

Technology is Driving the Future, But Who Is Steering? From the Vienna Circle to Digital Humanism. Moshe Y. Vardi.

The benefits of computing are intuitive. Computing yields tremendous societal benefits; for example, the life-saving potential of driverless cars is enormous. But computing is not a game—it is real—and it brings with it not only societal benefits but also significant societal costs, such as labor polarization, disinformation, and smartphone addiction.

The common reaction to this crisis is to label it as an “ethical crisis”, and the proposed response is to add courses in ethics to the academic computing curriculum. This talk will argue that the ethical lens is too narrow. The real issue is how to deal with technology’s impact on society. Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering? Moshe Vardi will show how these issues relate to the Vienna Circle and the recently declared Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism.

17:00 (CEST): Welcome Address

17:15 (CEST): 2021 Vienna Gödel Lecture

“Technology is Driving the Future, But Who Is Steering?”, Moshe Y. Vardi

18:15 (CEST): Q&A

Ask Moshe your questions online.

18:45 (CEST): Closing Words

Gerti Kappel, Dean


Join directly on zoom via this link: tuwien.zoom.us/j/97959304515?pwd=Q2puZ0ltK1ZnQnRPUUpnMTFWRWZwdz09

For more information please visit: informatics.tuwien.ac.at/news/2020

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