Citizens' Campus: How do we perceive technology risks? Artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility in Ilmenau and the world
Dr. Andreas Schwarz - TU Ilmenau
How do we perceive technology risks? Artificial intelligence and autonomous mobility in Ilmenau and the world.
Even though the current state of development of artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology or meta-technology is still far from "independently thinking" or "self-aware" machines, in recent years there has been an increase in voices warning against an overly careless approach to AI - for example, in its applications in political campaigns, consumer marketing, autonomous mobility or warfare. On the other hand, actors in business and politics have a significant interest in promoting the development and diffusion of AI-based applications for their own and/or society's benefit. The way public voices, including social and journalistic media, portray the risks and benefits of AI will have important implications for AI adoption, legal regulation, AI investment and funding, and the societal impact of the technology in general. Drawing on the state of the art in research on risk perception and risk communication of technologies, this presentation will provide an overview of important factors that characterize public and our individual perceptions of AI. Findings on current projects from the 'Reallabor' Ilmenau, in which automated minibuses are used, researched and further developed in regular and test operations, will also be presented.