Prof. Klaus Kornwachs: Data – Interests – Ontologies: How business models distort science [Lecture]

The Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) is inviting you to a lecture by Prof. Klaus Kornwachs as part of our fall lecture series Aspects of the Digital Transformation.

Abstract

The new possibilities of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Technologies allow finding unexpected structures and relations in data sets, generated in different fields and contexts. This can be done either to figure out new scientific hypotheses or to find relations which can be used to establish new business models.

A result generated by Big Data or AI can only be interpreted meaningfully by knowing the original research question. Thus, a model with a pre-theoretic hypothesis is necessary. Nevertheless one can find the tendency to substitute the scientific methods by pure numerical methods. This tendency is driven by the development of business models that aims to market a multifunctional use of data once collected in a wide variety of contexts. Some examples in the field of Human Resource Management will be given. It can be shown that the use of such procedures is not reliable. Such procedures should be used in a way that supports decisions, not to automate or substitute them.

About the speaker

Klaus Kornwachs is a permanent Honorary Professor for Philosophy at University Ulm, Germany since 1990, and a member of the German Academy for Science and Engineering. He held the Chair for Philosophy of Technology at Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus from 1992 to 2011. He studied Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy, and won 1991 the Research Award for Technical Communication of the Alcatel-SEL Foundation. He was Guest Professor at Vienna, Budapest and Dalian. His main fields in research are philosophy of technology, analytical philosophy, philosophy of sciences and general system theory. For publications see http://kornwachs.de.

Information

Time: December 10th, 2018 @ 17:00

Location: Kontaktraum – TU Wien

Neues EI, 6th floor
Gußhausstraße 27-29
1040 Wien

Due to limited space, we ask you to sign up for the event at dt@cisvienna.com.

The lecture is free, open to the general public and will be held in English.

Questions and discussion with the speakers are encouraged after the lectures, and refreshments will be provided after the lectures as well.

For general information about the lecture series, visit http://lectures.cisvienna.com

December 10, 2018


Kontaktraum, Neues EI, 6th floor, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien

Dr. Astrid Mager: Visions and values in European search engine design [Lecture]

The Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) is inviting you to a lecture by Dr. Astrid Mager as part of our fall lecture series Aspects of the Digital Transformation.

Abstract

“What motivations, value systems, and visions guide the development of European search engines? How do these imaginations get translated into sociotechnical design practices? What negotiations, compromises and power dynamics may be observed? How do place and cultural context matter in the development of search engines? These are the questions to be discussed in my talk by drawing on my ongoing research on European search engines.

Building on my previous work on the shaping and governing of corporate search engines (Google) and their “algorithmic ideology”, I will focus on three so-called alternative search engines: The privacy-friendly search engine StartPage (NL), the initiative Open Web Index (D/EU), and the peer-to-peer search engine YaCy (D). Drawing on a first analysis of online materials, qualitative interviews and a half-day workshop conducted with the developer teams, I will discuss visions and values driving European search engines, challenges developers encounter in their daily work practices, and consequences these pose in terms of “social innovation”.

About the speaker

Astrid Mager is a senior post-doc at the Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences. She is currently working on her habilitation project „Algorithmic Imaginaries. Visions and values in the shaping of search engines“.

Information

Time: January 21st, 2019 @ 17:00

Location: Kontaktraum – TU Wien

Neues EI, 6th floor
Gußhausstraße 27-29
1040 Wien

Due to limited space, we ask you to sign up for the event at dt@cisvienna.com.

The lecture is free, open to the general public and will be held in English.

Questions and discussion with the speakers are encouraged after the lectures, and refreshments will be provided after the lectures as well.

For general information about the lecture series, visit http://lectures.cisvienna.com

January 21, 2019


Kontaktraum, Neues EI, 6th floor, Gußhausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien