CANCELED – Lecture: "Artificial Intelligence - Promise of salvation or capitalistic machine?" with Timo Daum

HMKV at the Dortmunder U | Cinema, ground floor & online

Unfortunately, the lecture has to be cancelled due to illness. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The HMKV cordially invites you to the cinema of the Dortmunder U (ground floor, admission from 18:30, start from 19:00) to the Lecture with Timo Daum Promise of salvation or capitalistic machine? Welcome and moderation by Francis Hunger, curator of House of Mirrors: Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm.

Registration is not required. The event will also be broadcasted as a live stream.

The mathematician and computer pioneer Alan Turing once called them "disorganised machines of type B". A different name then prevailed, however, for computing machines that are able to recognise patterns in large amounts of data and change their behaviour as a result: Artificial Intelligence - a veritable marketing coup!

We are increasingly dealing with a serious technology that we encounter more and more often in the form of digital products and services. A technology that has become an everyday technology at the hands of the digital corporations. And which - conceivably far removed from fantasies of thinking machines - rather helps quite prosaically to consolidate the social contract of digital capitalism, which reads: data against convenience.

Artificial intelligence is the last innovation of digital capitalism for the time being, with which it wants to expand its globally dominant role in the economy and society, consolidate its business models and secure its exploitation model.

When artificial intelligence influences credit contracts, job assignments, the amount of insurance premiums and even the administration of justice, when voice assistants constantly accompany our everyday lives, what does that mean for the individual? When global companies earn money with AI, what does that mean for society?

Timo Daum is an author and university lecturer whose work focuses on digital capitalism. His book "Das Kapital sind wir: Zur Kritik der digitalen Ökonomie" (Capital is us: A critique of the digital economy) won the Friedrich Ebert Foundation's "Das politische Buch" prize in 2018. In 2019, his book "Die Künstliche Intelligenz des Kapitals" was published by Edition Nautilus. Timo Daum is a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Digital Society in Berlin. Daum lives in Leipzig.

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