Between Abstraction and Concretization

07.03.2024 19:00 – 20:30

Heilbronn Volkshochschule

19:00 Welcome by

Katrin Gilliar
Head of Department People, Politics, Society, Volkshochschule Heilbronn

Andreas Lehrfeld
Program Officer, Reinhold Maier Foundation

Ariana Dongus

Alice Robra
Journalist, SWR Studio Heilbronn




Artificial intelligence (AI) is on everyone’s lips. However, what exactly is meant by this often remains quite unclear, precisely because AI serves so many fears, but also dreams. Intelligent machines that take over and take over human activities, that could replace jobs, partnerships or even governments, are causing a stir.
Utopias and hopes on the one hand, fears and dystopias on the other are by no means a novelty of the current AI hype. Building thinking, intelligent machines is not an expression of the hypertechnologized capitalism of the 21st century, but rather an ancient desire that is deeply rooted in Western cultural history. A desire that is also so fascinating because AI challenges the boundaries of the human and the machine.
What opportunities does the use of artificial intelligence (AI) offer? What are the challenges? How concretely is AI already shaping our everyday lives? What are its limits? And what image of humanity is behind the development of AI? We would like to discuss these and other questions with media scientist and AI researcher Ariana Dongus – and with you!
The event is being held in cooperation between the Reinhold Maier Foundation and the Heilbronn Adult Education Center.