03.12 – Strange Case of Human Nature and AI
Each evening’s program will be sponsored by one of our gold partners and include 2-3 talks lasting approximately an hour to an hour and a half. These talks are pre-recorded, aired live on a weekly basis.
19:00 – Start
Session 1: TEDxZurich Talk / Q&A
A Message from Our Partner
Session 2: TEDxZurich Talk / Q&A
20:00 – Close
Meet Our Speakers
Anne Scherer is an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Marketing at the University Zurich, Research Priority Program on Social Networks. The heart of Anne’s research lies at the intersection of consumer psychology and new technologies. Prior to joining the University of Zurich, Anne has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Technology Marketing at the ETH Zurich and as a doctoral researcher at the Technische Universität München.
What Interactions With Machines Can Teach Us About Our Interactions With Humans
We increasingly interact with machines instead of humans on a day-to-day basis. While social norms and fears of social judgments govern our social interactions, machines can remove the social from the equation. The result: Machines give our constant need for self-presentation and our fear of being judged poorly a time-out. With this, machines can teach us a lot about our interactions with humans and even more so, what it could mean to be a good conversation partner.
Dorothea Baur is an ethics consultant based in Zurich who helps leaders in tech and finance align value with values. She holds a PhD on business ethics from the University of St. Gallen and is also a regular lecturer on AI ethics as well as business ethics.
Ai – Freedom Within and Freedom Without
All eyes are set on the potential AI holds for monitoring and fighting crises like the COVID-19 pandemic; it epitomizes how AI has become the most promising tool that frees us from having to resolve complex problems ourselves. Because AI can detect patterns that we cannot see, we are prone to delegate our decisions to AI. But how can we be free when we delegate key decisions? Even more so when we let algorithms decide, which are effectively black boxes? We used to say ‘The ways of the Lord are inscrutable’, but the ways of the algorithms are equally inscrutable. If we want to keep our freedom, we need to remain in charge. Tech is our servant. We are the masters.