Artificial intelligence (AI) stands for machines that can imitate or independently do many things that humans can: hear and see, speak, learn, solve problems. Intelligent computer systems are used in all areas of life; they make medical diagnoses, stand at assembly lines or give legal advice. Behind them is always a computer program that - fed with data - is based on precise formulas and algorithms. But which decision formulas should an AI system be given, what exactly is a good decision? Are there clear criteria for this? How much uncertainty and how many errors are we willing to accept, in humans and machines? Artificial intelligence forces us to think anew about ourselves and about what is important to us.
Manuela Lenzen is a freelance science journalist, holds a PhD in philosophy and writes about topics at the boundaries of natural sciences and philosophy.
As part of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg
AI changes human thinking