Fritz Sessions

The Fritz Sessions are a series of events at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, organised by a group of PhD students. For these events, which act as institute colloquium, we invite leading experts to discuss topics that will shape the coming decades. These events are open to the public and aimed at a scientifically literate audience, but don’t require expert knowledge on their topics.

Fritz Session: The Future of Articial Intelligence

Fritz Session: The Future of Articial Intelligence
  • Date: Sep 16, 2021
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Kate Crawford
  • Prof. Kate Crawford is a Research Professor of Communication and Science and Technology Studies at USC Annenberg, a Senior principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and an Honorary professor at the University of Sydney. Her latest book is the "Atlas of Artificial Intelligence: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence".
  • Location: Online Seminar
  • Host: Fritz Haber Institute
Increasingly sophisticated machine learning systems are being developed and deployed around the world, enabling scientific breakthroughs and pervasive surveillance, creating new forms of artistic expression and screening jobseekers. As thes systems become embedded into our lives and shape our future, they also become entangled with existing socio-economic structures. Any understanding of what lies ahead must therefore include not only the technical, but also the political. [more]

Fritz Session: The Future of Our Climate

Climate change is the existential threat of our generation, demanding urgent and radical action. Publicly discussing what needs to be done is vital to implement lasting change. In this first Fritz Session, we therefore invite you to a talk by Prof. Johan Rockström, the new director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, discussing his agenda for managing the future of our climate. [more]
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