October 20, 2023
Dr. Jeanette Hofmann講演会「Imagining democracy through the lens of learning machines」Lecture by Dr. Jeanette Hofmann “Imagining democracy through the lens of learning machines”
Date&Time: October 20, 2023 (Fri.), 4:30 pm ~6:00 pm (JST)
Format: On-site only
How to register：Please register below by 18 October (Wed).
Dr. Jeanette Hofmann（Professor, Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin）
Jeanette Hofmann is a political scientist with a focus on digitalization, democracy and regulation. Jeanette is professor of ‘Internet Politics’ at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She heads a research group on ‘Politics of Digitalization’ at the Berlin Social Science Center; she is also co-director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and Principal Investigator of the research group on ‘Technology, Power and Domination’ at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Her current research interest centers on the question of how digital technologies contribute to the structural transformation of democracies.
The public discourse in Europe and the US predominantly interprets AI as a threat to democracy. Thinking machines may turn out to make better decisions that modern societies. This talk aims to look at the relationship between democracy and AI from a different perspective. It will discuss the potential of machine learning technology to provide us with new techno-social imaginaries that could change our understanding and expectations of democracy. The historical model for this idea is the 17th-century image of the state as a clockwork.
Yuko Itatsu (Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)