Countless food for thought at the crime festival

Countless food for thought at the crime festival
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Countless food for thought at the crime festival
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Dr Kerstin Kreutz makes you think, © Heiner Schultz

Casting (kdw). News from the Gießen Crime Festival does not always mean reading from a book. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Kerstin Kreutz gave a lecture on the development of artificial intelligence and its diverse impacts on our world and our lives. Her lively, highly versatile style and her humorous style brought joy and food for thought to the large audience at the Netanya Hall.

The forensic anthropologist from Gießen has been working as a forensic expert for years and has published various publications. It was a development that worries her: artificial intelligence (AI). This is nothing new, the foundations for this have been developed over the last 70 years. Kreutz was interested in technologies that complement and enhance human abilities to see, hear, analyze, make decisions and act, which we sometimes feel: everyone in the audience had a smartphone with them, many lived with Alexa and Siri. »We live in a digital world. When we log in, we have to leave our data there.«

Kreutz gave a quick overview of the many ways and aspects in which AI is already affecting our existence, and what dangers he sees. Inspired by the film »I am your human«, in which a scientist tests a perfect robot that increasingly resembles a human and eventually becomes her perfect companion, she outlined what robots can already do today: help in care, entertain us.

In various video examples, the audio of which was not always understandable, Kreutz also looked at the conflicts that could arise with intelligent robots: what if the machines realize that the problems of environmental destruction are caused by humans? Logically, they would have to cancel us, suggested Kreutz – that’s not a nice idea. However, before that they would have to understand who they are and create awareness about it, but there is still a problem. »With the help of AI, devices should become smarter and be able to learn. However, Kreutz concluded that they “will never be able to replace humans.” Except, perhaps, for devices that drive around stores and count items on the shelves.

Kreutz summarized the three developmental stages of AI: »Basic imitation of human behavior, understanding of human behavior, and finally the perception of self-awareness. The robot would then behave like a person.« There is still a long way to go before androids take care of us or clean the kitchen. Fortunately, until they kill us.

It was fun to collect Kreutz’s myriad food for thought and look at the good examples she explored. Live chats during the break showed that AI is already present.

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