Note: This videoblog is in German.  It was produced by the Institute of Art & Art Theory of the University of Cologne.

Humanity faces epochal challenges in the age of digitization. In particular, the complex field of artificial intelligence is of prominent importance here, because optimists expect AI to solve all problems, while skeptics fear the extinction or subjugation of sophisticated artificial agents. Only one’s own critical thinking can help us to place ourselves meaningfully and appropriately on the spectrum between hysteria and cultic technology veneration.

The control problem of artificial intelligence initially seems obvious: how should a future, superior to humans intelligence can be controlled efficiently? But in addition to the technological side and the resulting dilemma situations, there is also the level of our human nature. Thus, even in the case of a globally valid resolution that only allows secure AI, we can not rule out the possibility of a dictator overriding it and daring to make a catastrophic solo effort. Thus, the control problem is primarily an ethical problem.

Dr. Johannes Lierfeld studied Media Studies, German and Phonetics in Marburg and Cologne and made his debut in 2017 as a book author (together with the AI ​​developer Scott Cote) with the science thriller “MEDICA”.

Johannes represents NanoApps Medical in Cologne Germany where we are are exploring opportunities and potential partnerships within the European Union. He is the author of “Artificial Superintelligence – Utopias, Dystopias, Disruptions” – available from projektverlag Press.

The book was released in December 2018.

Image Credit:  Amanda Scott, Alias Studio Sydney (Motion Graphics).  Follow her on twitter: @tantriclens

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