The 2nd WITTROCK LECTURE - Helga Nowotny
- Date: –12:00
- Location: Humanistiska teatern
- Lecturer: Helga Nowotny, Professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies, ETH Zurich. Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria. Former President, European Research Council.
- Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
- Contact person: Stina Grånäs
- Phone: 018-55 70 85
Please note that seats are limited. Registration required by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 February.
It is a truism, albeit an urgent one, that humanity faces unprecedented global challenges. At last, we have discovered the spatial finiteness and vulnerability of the planet, our only habitat so far. Our temporal bearings are also shifting. We cannot escape the present which increases in density, acceleration and openness towards past and future, filled with ever more information from the past and expectations from a future that is already here, but unequally distributed. With access to a huge amount of data, unprecedented computational power and clever algorithms we are constructing a digital niche. The predictive power of algorithms enables us to see further ahead, opening new opportunities for prevention and shaping the future. Does it also risk a return to a more deterministic worldview once we start to align with the predictive power of the digital time machine?