Episode #8
Thinking AI
HAL 9000, Space Oddity (1969)
During the Data Talks project, we have been talking about the use of technology and the availability of data in concrete (albeit complex) situations, such as healthcare, education, anti-corruption, climate change, etc. This episode is a bit different.

The relationship between science fiction and technology goes beyond imagining what devices will be produced or the design of the clothes of the future. Science fiction also helps us think about the moral dilemmas we might face, fundamental human questions, the relationship between technology, power and coercion, and the relationship of humans to one another. This the first of two episodes that will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our Data Talks Project

Dr. Veridiana Domingos Cordeiro
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the C4AI – Center for Artificial Intelligence
Veridiana is a sociologist and researcher, currently a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the C4AI – Center for Artificial Intelligence, supported by IBM, FAPESP, and the University of São Paulo. Veridiana holds an M.A. degree and Ph.D. degree in Sociology and for the past eleven years she has been developing research on Sociology of Mind, Sociology of Memory, Digital Sociology, Sociology of Artificial Intelligence, Sociology of Knowledge, and Social Theory.

She is the author of the book Sociology in Brazil: a brief institutional and intellectual history and wrote chapters for many books, including "The Risk Perception of Artificial Intelligence", "Automata`s Inner Movie: Science and Philosophy of Mind", and "Palgrave Handbook of Digital Everyday Life", the last one to be published.

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Dr. Isabella Hermann

Festival Director Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest

Isabella is a speaker, writer, and curator in the field of science fiction, which she considers a mirror of our present and a metaphor for the future. Isabella is currently co-director of the Berlin Sci-fi Filmfest, the first genre-specific sci-fi film festival in Germany.

She holds a master's and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science, and in her work, she focuses on how science fiction and visions of technology construct and reflect sociopolitical structures and world politics. Topics here include artificial intelligence, the Anthropocene, climate change, and space travel.

Her work experience also includes the scientific coordinator of a research project on AI and human responsibility, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the program director of the Present Futures Forum, at the Technical University of Berlin.

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