“The working worlds of the future” is the topic for the Science Year 2018. Before the session of Ranga Yogeshwar the German minister for education and research will open the topic "We can Work it Out".
​​​​​​​And “We can Work it out”: at rp18, we want to adopt a perspective that is located beyond the job market, pure engineering and business administration, and which approaches this future world of work to penetrate it, both scientifically and philosophically. What challenges will have to be faced in terms of (office) architecture, personal life goals, ethics and law?

How do we want to further educate and work in a digitalised world? Is there a life after the maxim of economic growth? What techno-social questions are raised that can be connected to other re:publica discourses, for example, the topic of privacy? The focus on-stage, in “sweatshops”, artworks and performances should not just be on automation and labour shortage, but also on what role research and science (can) play in the shaping of this shift.

Science Year 2018 – “Working Worlds of the Future”

The Science Year 2018 focuses on the “Working World of the Future”. Digitalization, alternative ways of working, artificial intelligence research and similar fields present new challenges and opportunities to scientific and civil societies. How will people work in future? And how do you prepare for these scenarios? What role can science and research play in designing the terms of labor? The Science Year 2018 highlights the impact technological and social innovations have on the economy of tomorrow, and discusses the new standards of socio-political dialogue and work experience that we face today. “Learn, experience, create” is the motto of the Science Year 2018, and all interested participants are called upon to join in, ask questions and find solutions.

The Science Year is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, organized in collaboration with Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD). As a central instrument of federal science communication, the Science Year conveys current research to the public and fosters the dialogue between science and society.

 

Wissenschaftsjahr 2018 - BMBF

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    Trebor Scholz presents activist research on the worker cooperative as a promising economic alternative for the digital economy.
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    Für die einschneidenden Veränderungen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt waren Technologien stets zentral. Der technische Fortschritt ist jedoch kein Naturgesetz, er wird durch unsere Gesellschaft, durch unsere Entscheidungen, Vorstellungen und auch durch unsere Geschlechterrollen geprägt. Ein Blick zurück - und auf die Zukunft, die wir wollen.
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    Forensic Architecture is an independent research agency that undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present in articulating notions of public truth.
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    An onomatopoetic hackathon to co-create a cacophonic compilation of our former office lives.

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    Mit dem Fabmobil hat das Designstudio The Constitute ein fahrendes Fab Lab für den ländlichen Raum in Ostsachsen konzipiert, realisiert und bis jetzt auch erfolgreich durchgeführt. Vier Tage die Woche ist dieser Doppeldeckerwerkstattbus in der ostsächsischen Oberlausitz unterwegs und bringt Creative Technologies zu Kids, Bastlern, Schulen, Jugendzentren und informellen Spots & Places. Das Meet Up soll Austauschforum sein für Personen mit ähnlichen Zielen und Fragen. Sebastian Piatza und Christian Zöllner erzählen, diskutieren und räuberpistolen über Erfolge und Stolpersteine im Entwickeln mobiler Angebote...
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    Experts who equate robotics and automation with the destruction of jobs often overlook one important detail: With the world’s population expected to increase to almost 10 billion by 2050 we will need more buildings, infrastructure and products to support more people. We will explore the role of AI/automation, in helping us design and make MORE things, make them BETTER, and with LESS negative impact.

    [Partnersession]
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    Cyborgs und Body Enhancement sind typisch männlich dominierte Thematiken (Terminator etc). Im Gegensatz dazu ist zB die weiblich konotierte Beautybranche auch hochtechnisiert. Körper und Technologie sind auf verschiedenen Ebenen hier schon eng verzahnt. Diese beiden Bereiche zusammenzubringen ist FUN. Stehen Computer eigentlich auf rosa?
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    Während Technologien oft als Erweiterungen unserer Körper beschrieben werden, betrachte ich in meinem Vortrag diese Beziehungen aus der entgegengesetzte Perspektive: Menschen als Software-Erweiterungen, die ganz einfach eingesteckt, neu verkabelt und wieder ausrangiert werden können.
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    The use of data-driven algorithmic systems to run our lives has become commonplace. It is also becoming increasingly clear that they don’t work equally for everyone. Interrogating these systems is challenging because they are usually protected by terms and conditions that keep their code opaque and their data inaccessible to outsiders. So how do you fight injustice if you can’t see it? One approach is to find the stories of who these systems harm rather than focusing on how they work.
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    Trebor Scholz presents activist research on the worker cooperative as a promising economic alternative for the digital economy.

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    Wir werden in den nächsten zehn Jahren sehr stark mit dem Aufkommen von künstlicher Intelligenz konfrontiert werden. Sie wird viele Bereiche unseres Lebens fundamental verändern. Von Industrie 4.0 über autonome Maschinen bis hin zu Anwendungen in der Medizin verstärkt sich der Einsatz von Deep Learning – Systemen. Dabei stellt sich die Frage, inwieweit wir diesen neuen intelligenten Systemen vertrauen können. Wieviel Verantwortung geben wir ab?
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    When humans imagined robots and computers in the workplace, they have envisioned them as servants and supporters of mankind. However, in recent years, many online platforms, such as Uber or Amazon Mechanical Turk, are “employing” myriads of human workers for tasks supervised, controlled and managed by algorithms. How does it feel like when your boss is an AI algorithm? How do human workers react when the algorithm maltreats them? And how can platforms enable workers in platform mediated-work to regain their voice and autonomy? In this session, Lior Zalmanson and Thomas Gegenhuber will share their insights from their recent academic studies and outline future directions for labor relations in platform-mediated work.