How to coordinate many independent things without a central power? Neurons in the brain can definitely do it. Citizens in societies as well? Societies face daunting challenges like climate change, disruptive tech innovation and large scale migration. This is why coordination and action among humans is more important than ever. So far, our best answer has been the Democratic Discourse. But it's not a given - rather it rests on every citizens shoulders. This is how I try to contribute.
AI - Connecting the Dots
Most people agree that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will change our society but few understand what AI really is and how we can steer its development. To change this I joined reatch as coordinator of the AI team. Since 2017 we have explored the ethical and political implications of AI with students and the genreal public. We hosted an interactive 2-day exhibition at ETH (link to key note) with thousands of visitors (shown), various panels with journalists, professors and CEOs such as 'Algorithmic Justice'. We have collaborated with Schweizer Jugend Forscht, Karl der Grosse (run by the City of Zurich) and the 100 Ways of Thinking festival (here's a not too serious teaser). Check out this recent blog entry on the perception of A.I. in different sectors of society, or this interview about brain research.
AI Policy Advice
Our outreach activities have generated valuable contacts and knowledge. Currently, we are working on concrete AI policy proposal to make our expertise available for politicians. We focus three domains: AI innovation in CH, liability of AI services and the digital public space. Interested in joining us? Let me know!
Public discourse upgrade
Discourse works well for dozens of people at a prototypical townhall meeting - but does it scale up to thousands and more when going digital? Echo chambers, digitally exacerbated tribalism and information warefare suggest otherwise. This is why Ivo Scherrer and I are testing the idea of designing processes for convergent, large scale and rational digital conversations. Currently, we are working on a white paper and the first prototype that we'll test at the end of 2018. I'm really excited about the potential of making the (digital) public discourse more resilient and constructive.