CAIS @ Digitaltag 2021

How can digitalization help us? Current research on AI and sustainability

18. June 2021, 10:30 – 12:00h

Digitaltag 2021

How can digitalization help solve social problems? Which digital tools can help us in our everyday lives to pursue our careers? How can we save resources with the help of digital tools? How should we behave in the digital space in order to act sustainably here as well? How does the population assess the use and importance of artificial intelligence?

CAIS will present four current research projects on AI and sustainability in short presentations at Digital Day 2021. Watch our presentations, visit us in Gather.Town, and ask your questions there in a personal conversation with the researchers.

Virtual Meet-the-Scientists

We will open the doors to our virtual CAIS at 10:30 a.m. Visit us, have a look around, and enjoy direct contact with our researchers. Gather.Town enables you to exchange information with our researchers directly. Do you have questions or comments on the short presentations? Would you like to learn more about how the projects work? Do you have your own ideas about how digitalization can be used in different areas of life? You are cordially invited to discuss all this with our researchers.

Access to Gather.Town is now open. We are happy to welcome every guest who participates in the exchange.

How Gather.Town works

You can log into Gather.Town without prior registration via the link below. Assign a name and choose an avatar with which you can move around in the virtual office using the arrow keys. The camera as well as the microphone may be switched on to enable discussion with the researchers. When your avatar approaches another person, the dialog window opens and a video chat takes place with the researchers.

How does the media report on artificial intelligence and what does the public think about it?

Kimon Kieslich (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf)

How does the current discussion about artificial intelligence in the media proceed? What are the attitudes towards AI in the population? The Meinungsmonitor Künstliche Intelligenz (Artificial Intelligence Opinion Monitor) permanently and reliably monitors the public debate on the topic of AI. For example, MeMo:KI shows which aspects of the technology are particularly emphasized and what the population thinks about it. The focus is above all on people’s ideas about a socially and democratically compatible design of technology. This is particularly relevant for decision-makers in politics, business and society.

How can digitization be made sustainable?

Laura Kocksch (University of Bochum, CAIS Fellow)

How can the use of digital tools be designed in a resource-saving and sustainable way? The collection, processing and storage of digital data must meet the needs of different groups in the population. Little attention has been paid so far, however, to how data management in science, business and civil society can be organized in a sustainable manner.

What can we learn from the digitalization of professional work in the Corona pandemic with regard to the design of digitalization processes?

Dr. Kathrin Friederike Müller (University of Rostock, CAIS Fellow)

The Corona pandemic has rapidly and extensively digitalized the world of work, including those areas of work that had previously had little contact with digital tools. How have seminar leaders from small training providers, sports coaches, and social workers managed to go digital? And what difficulties did they have to overcome? What will last after the pandemic?

How can digitization help us save resources?

Lukas Tomberg (RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research)

How can digital measurements help to protect resources? The growing demand for energy and water causes global environmental problems as well as social tensions, and makes effective policies for conserving resources necessary. The project investigates the potential that digital measurements open up for resource conservation in the household. In concrete terms, digital shower heads were tested that indicate how much water and energy is being consumed while showering.

Participating researchers

Kimon Kieslich

Kimon Kieslich is a researcher at the Opinion Research Center on Artificial Intelligence [MeMo:KI] at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. He is particularly interested in public perception and media coverage of ethical aspects of AI.

Laura Kocksch

Laura Kocksch is currently doing her PhD on cybersecurity as an acute challenge of postmodern societies. As an anthropologist, she is interested in the technical design of the “anthropocene”. In her work at the Ruhr University Science and Technology Studies Lab (RUSTlab), she develops collaborative and participatory methods for mediating between science, the public, and technology development.

Dr. Kathrin Friederike Müller

Dr. Kathrin Friederike Müller is a communication scientist at the University of Rostock and currently a fellow at CAIS. She researches the use and appropriation of digital media and deals with questions of mediatization.

Lukas Tomberg

Lukas Tomberg is a researcher in the research group “Prosocial Behavior” at RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. He works in various contexts on the question of how behavioral economics can solve social problems in everyday life.