Autonomous Systems & Self-Determination

This cross-sectional format addresses the question of how the increasing use of autonomous or semi-autonomous information technology systems affects the possibilities of individual and collective self-determination.

While the initial focus was on interdisciplinary understanding of the concept of autonomy and the collection of relevant practical examples, the second phase of the institute's development will focus more specifically on individual areas of society in which autonomous technical systems are tested and used, such as industrial production, financial markets, and autonomous driving.

In the reporting period, the cross-sectional format continued its series of lectures and worked on the production of a podcast series with lectures and interviews of the previously invited speakers*, which will be published in autumn 2020. In addition, the cross-sectional format developed a program for the second iteration of the lecture series and requested speakers, but had to interrupt this project temporarily due to a pandemic and will resume it in due course.

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