Technology and Power: From the Invention of Writing to AI

Fabian Scheidler


How is the development of technology embedded in economic, political, military and ideological power structures?

From the invention of writing and the emergence of the first states to metallurgy, firearms, the printing press, the steam engine, the automobile, nuclear power, digital tools and AI, power structures and financial interests have deeply shaped the selection and advancement of technologies and scientific research. Technology also shapes our conception of the world, our ideas of what is real, relevant, and true. Today, humanity is at a crossroads. Facing ecological breakdown and extreme social divisions, the question arises which technologies our societies will choose to deal with the challenges of the future.

August 26, 2023, 11:30 – 13:00
POSTCITY, Lovelace

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