Mercator Lecture for AI in the Human Context: Prof. Dr. Walther Ch. Zimmerli – Artificial Intelligence – Hype or Myth?

Mercator Lecture for AI in the Human Context

Since Chat GPT we are witnessing another global AI hype. In his public Mercator-lecture Swiss philosopher Walther Ch. Zimmerli, at present Mercator Visiting Professor for Artificial Intelligence in the Human Context at the Center for Science and Thought (CST), tries to unveil the hidden mechanism behind the undeniable success-stories of AI by reconstructing its history of recurring hype-cycles beginning with what he calls the„Dartmouth Conspiracy“ and Turing’s „rehabilitation of deception“. The underlying suggestive power of the idea of AI, however,must be attributed to its mythical character as is demonstrated both by contrasting the Gartner hype-cycle theory with the philosophy of myth (Blumenberg), and by semiotically explaining it in terms of analogies and metaphors as well as contrasting it with the Singularity- and the Posthumanism-Myth (Kurzweil).


Webinar ID: 649 1102 7946
Passcode: 150355

15.04.2024, 16:00c.t. 


University of Bonn, Hauptgebäude
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn
1st Floor (elevator available)