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CAIS @ Digital Day 2021

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How can digitalisation help us? Current research on AI and sustainability

18. June 2021, 10:30 – 12:00

How can digitalisation help solve societal problems? What digital tools can help us in our everyday lives to pursue our professions? How can we save resources with the help of digital tools? How should we behave in the digital space in order to act sustainably here as well? How does the population assess the use and importance of artificial intelligence? At Digitaltag 2021, CAIS will present four current research projects on AI and sustainability in short talks. Watch our presentations, visit us in Gather.Town and ask your questions in a personal conversation with the researchers.

Virtual Meet-the-Scientists

From 10:30 a.m. we will open the doors to our virtual CAIS: Visit us, have a look around and get in direct contact with our researchers. Via the Gather.Town we enable you to exchange information directly with our researchers. Do you have questions or comments on the short presentations? Would you like to learn more about how the projects work? Do you have your own ideas on how digitisation can be used in different areas of life? You are cordially invited to discuss all this with our researchers. Access to Gather.Town is open. We are happy about every guest who participates in the exchange.

How Gather.Town works

You can log in to Gather.Town without registering by clicking on the link below. Assign a name and choose an avatar with which you can move around the virtual office using the arrow keys. The camera and microphone may be switched on to enable exchange with the researchers. If your avatar approaches another person, the dialogue window opens and a video chat takes place with the researchers.

How does the media report on artificial intelligence and what does the public think about it?

Kimon Kieslich (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

What is the current discussion about artificial intelligence in the media? What are the attitudes towards AI in the population? The Meinungsmonitor Künstliche Intelligenz (Artificial Intelligence Opinion Monitor) permanently and reliably monitors the public debate on the topic of AI. For example, MeMo:KI shows which aspects of the technology are particularly emphasised and what the population thinks about it. The focus is above all on people’s ideas about a socially and democratically compatible design of technology. This is particularly relevant for decision-makers in politics, business and society.

How can digitisation be made sustainable?

Laura Kocksch (Ruhr University Bochum, CAIS Fellow)

How can the use of digital tools be designed in a resource-saving and sustainable way? The collection, processing and storage of digital data must meet the needs of different groups from the population. So far, however, little attention has been paid to how data management in science, business and civil society can be organised in a sustainable way.

What can we learn from the digitalisation of professional work in the Corona pandemic with regard to the design of digitalisation processes?

Dr Kathrin Friederike Müller (University of Rostock, CAIS Fellow)

Due to the Corona pandemic, professional work has been extensively digitalised in a short period of time. This is especially true for professions that previously worked predominantly in face-to-face contact. How have seminar leaders of further education providers, sports trainers and social workers managed to enter digital paths? And what difficulties did they have to overcome? What will remain after the pandemic?

How can digitalisation help us save resources?

Lukas Tomberg (RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research)

How can digital measurements help to conserve resources? The growing demand for energy and water causes global environmental problems as well as social tensions and makes effective measures for resource conservation necessary. The project investigates which potentials for resource conservation are opened up by digital measurements in the household. Specifically, digital shower heads were tested that show how much water and energy is being consumed while showering.

Participating researchers

Kimon Kieslich

Kimon Kieslich is a researcher at the Opinion Research Group on Artificial Intelligence [MeMo:KI] at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He is particularly interested in public perception and media coverage of ethical aspects of AI.

Laura Kocksch

Laura Kocksch is currently doing her PhD on cybersecurity as an acute challenge of postmodern societies. As an anthropologist, she is interested in the technical design of the “anthropocene”. In her work at the Ruhr University Science and Technology Studies Lab (RUSTlab), she develops collaborative and participatory methods for mediating between science, the public and technology development.

Dr Kathrin Friederike Müller

Dr Kathrin Friederike Müller is a communication scientist at the University of Rostock and currently a fellow at CAIS. She researches the use and appropriation of digital media and deals with questions of mediatisation.

Lukas Tomberg

Lukas Tomberg is a researcher in the research group “Prosocial Behaviour” at RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. He works in various contexts on the question of how behavioural economics can solve social problems in everyday life.

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