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News & Events

Latest publication

Andreas Sudmann / Anna Echterhölter / Markus Ramsauer / Fabian Retkowski / Jens Schröter / Alexander Waibel (Eds.)

Beyond Quantity
Research with Subsymbolic AI

How do artificial neural networks and other forms of artificial intelligence interfere with methods and practices in the sciences? Which interdisciplinary epistemological challenges arise when we think about the use of AI beyond its dependency on big data? Not only the natural sciences, but also the social sciences and the humanities seem to be increasingly affected by current approaches of subsymbolic AI, which masters problems of quality (fuzziness, uncertainty) in a hitherto unknown way. But what are the conditions, implications, and effects of these (potential) epistemic transformations and how must research on AI be configured to address them adequately?

More information on the publisher’s website

Recent publication

Anna Tuschling / Andreas Sudmann / Bernhard J. Dotzler (Eds.), with contributions from members of the HiAICS-Research Group.

ChatGPT und andere „Quatschmaschinen“
Gespräche mit Künstlicher Intelligenz

In an experimental format, the editors present initial commented conversations with AI language models. They provide insights into dialogic scenes that capture an ongoing transformation of technology and peculiarities of machine learning. The collection aims, through witty, eerie, and more or less intelligent dialogues between humans and machines, to document a media-historical transition into a new era of ubiquitous AI.

More information on the publisher’s website

New project on AI in science at the University of Tübingen

Tübingen, 2024-2026

A new research project on AI in the sciences has been approved at the University of Tübingen. Congratulations to Christoph Bareither and his colleagues.

More information on the project.

This project explores the transformative impact of generative artificial intelligence, such as OpenAI’s GPT models, within the qualitative social sciences and humanities at the University of Tübingen. From an ethnographic perspective, it seeks to understand how students and academic staff are becoming early adopters of generative AI, how this technology is being integrated into hybrid epistemic practices, and its broader impact in academic assemblages. The ultimate goal is to lay a foundation for the development of critical AI literacy in order to help students, researchers, and academic stakeholders make more informed decisions in the context of generative AI.

Challenges of AI for philosophy

Duke/NC, November 15, 2023

Andreas Sudmann was again at Duke University to discuss with Luciana Parisi and Mark Hansen the role of AI in the sciences, and specifically some challenges of AI for philosophy and media philosophy.

 

Handbook participation

November 14, 2023

The Handbook of Critical Studies of Artifical Intelligence is finally published, including an essay on AI ethnography by Anne Dippel and Andreas Sudmann!

Their chapter addresses the conceptual, historical, and theoretical-methodological dimensions of the transdisciplinary research field of AI ethnography. Beyond discussing early and more recent studies that illustrate the possibilities of the relationship between AI and ethnography, Dippel and Sudmann also shed light on the contribution of AI ethnography to critical AI studies.

 

AI in education

Pembroke, November 14, 2023

Andreas Sudmann met with computer scientist Joong-Lyul Lee at the University of Pembroke to discuss, among other things, the special features of AI research at a university that focuses on teaching.

Discussion about social robots

Duke/NC, November 13, 2023

As part of his field research in North Carolina, Andreas Sudmann spoke today with Pardis Emami-Naeini (Department of Computer Science, Duke University) about the role of social robots and asked her specifically about their scientific applications.

Check out her website!

Conference participation

Portland, November 11, 2023

Anna Echterhölter spoke at this year’s annual meeting of the History of Science Society in Portland Oregon. As part of the panel „Categorising Humanity: Papers Tools and the Nascent Human Sciences“, she gave a paper alongside Matthew Eddy, Staffan Müller-Wille, Dan Rosenberg in a panel chaired by Ted Porter. Talk was focussed on procedures of classification and the paper is entitled: „Silent Architects: Negotiating Categories in the German Commission for the Study of Native Law, c. 1907/08“.

More Information on the meeting: History of Science Society

AI in neurological research

Pembroke, November, 2023

How can AI methods, especially machine learning methods, support neurological research? As part of his field research in North Carolina, Andreas Sudmann visited Ben Bahr in his lab at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke last week to discuss these and other questions.

 

AI in climate studies

NC, November, 2023

As part of his media ethnographic field research in North Carolina, Andreas Sudmann is currently examining the work of Kenneth Kunkel and his colleagues at the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. An important focus is the research into extreme weather events.

Check his website!

AI in philosophy

Chapel Hill, November 4, 2023

How is AI changing science? Today Andreas Sudmann had a very interesting conversation with Thomas Hofweber about AI in philosophy (among other things) at the UNC-Chapel Hill.

Click here to check out his website!

More discussions about AI in the sciences

Raleigh, November, 2023

Andreas Sudmann had a meeting with Andrew Johnston in Raleigh, NC, to discuss the role of AI in film and media studies.

Here ist Andrew Johnstons website

AI and computer science

Fayetteville, November 1, 2023

As part of his field research in North Carolina, Andreas Sudmann interviewed Sambit Bhattacharya from Fayetteville State University on November 1st and discussed, among other things, the current role of computer science in relation to AI applications in the sciences.

Please check out his website!

AI in education

Raleigh, October, 2023

In October, Andreas Sudmann visited Collin Lynch at the Department for Computer Science in Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss the challenges and problems of applied computer science, but also to shed light on interesting perspectives regarding the use of AI in education.

Here is his website, check it out!

Discussion with leading AI experts

NYU, October 14, 2023

As part of his research stay in the USA, Andreas Sudmann was talking to leading AI experts and scientists from various disciplines at NYU this week about how machine learning is changing research practices and methods.

Discussion partners included:

Grace Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Data Science (NYU),

Ernest Davies, Dept. of Computer Science,

Arthur Jacot, Assistant Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

Yao Wang, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering,

Mark E. Tuckerman, Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

& Vasant Dhar, Professor of Technology, Operations, and Statistics

Grace Lindsay
Ernest Davies
Arthur Jacot
Yao Wang
Mark E. Tuckerman
Vasant Dhar

Interview

Bildung, Falter Verlag, October 4, 2023

Anna Echterhölter gave an interview to „Bildung” the education magazine published by Falter Verlag. She gave an insight into the first results of the research project and summarised the opportunities and problems of using AI in different disciplines.

The full interview, entitled “Zukunft der Wissenschaft. Skepsis in den Disziplinen“ can be found in the latest issue of “Bildung. Das Magazin für Studium, Weiterbildung und Karriere” from 4 October as a supplement to the 40/23 Falter issue.

AI Ethnography

Leeds, September, 2023

Science in action: In September, Andreas Sudmann completed the first part of his media ethnographic field research at the School of Computing in Leeds and observed the work of computer scientist Evangelos Pournaras and his team. Next year, Sudmann will return to Leeds to observe the progress of the projects.

Conference participation

Ingolstadt, September 13-15, 2023

Anna Echterhölter and Markus Ramsauer participated in the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, der Medizin und der Technik (GWTM) with the theme „Mensch-Maschine-Mobilität in der Geschichte von Medizin, Wissenschaft und Technik“.

They held the panel „Informationsmaschinen. Zur Vorgeschichte großer Analysen“ with Sascha Freyberg (MPIWG Berlin) and Rudolf Seising (PI of the Project IGGI: Ingenieur-Geist und Geistes-Ingenieure: Eine Geschichte der Künstlichen Intelligenz in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland).

More Information on the conference: Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, der Medizin und der Technik

Roundtable participation

Online, September 9, 2023

Große Sprachmodelle und öffentliche Verwaltung: Potentiale, Infrastruktur und Aufsicht (Large language models and public administration: potentials, infrastructure and supervision)

Andreas Sudmann was invited to the online roundtable as an expert, moderated and organized by Christian Djeffal (TU München) and Harald Felling (]init[ AG) and supported by Nationales E-Government Kompetenz Zentrum e.V.

In the context of the digital transformation of public administration, large language models such as GPT-4 offer numerous opportunities to improve efficiency and service quality.
As part of the National E-Government Competence Center (NEGZ), the round table will discuss the complex role of these models in administration and address questions for agenda setting in this area. Various problems will be discussed, such as areas of application for public administration, ways to contribute to the infrastructure of large language models, and regulatory measures.

Interview

TV Kanal Vis & nota.mk, August, 2023

Andreas Sudmann gave an interview to a Macedonian broadcaster as part of a journalistic project on fake news, AI and social media with the aim of making people aware of misinformation (supported by the British Embassy).

The contributions were broadcast several times on the Macedonian broadcaster TV Kanal Vis and nota.mk in August.

Interview

Sorbonne, May/June, 2023

In May and June, Andreas Sudmann was at the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI) and at the Laboratoire d’océanographie et du climat : expérimentations et approches numériques (LOCEAN) as part of his AI field research.

Andreas Sudmann would like to thank the following colleagues, among others, for the interesting talks and discussions and for the exciting insights into their work!

Xavier Fresquet, SCAI
Gérard Biau, SCAI
Constantin Bône, LOCEAN
Guillaume Gastineau, LOCEAN
Juliette Mignot, LOCEAN
Julie Deshayes, LOCEAN
Isabelle Bloch, Sorbonne Artificial Intelligence Chair
Kenji Doya, OIST
Valentina Fedchenko, ObTIC
Baptiste Gregorutti, SCAI
Jean Bouvier d’Yvoire, Sorbonne

Workshop collaboration

ZOOM, May 15, 2023

Epistemological potentials: AI, robots and sensors

Workshop of the Working Group Data and Networks of the German Media Studies Association (in German)

Update: Due to strike-related limited public transport on May 15, the workshop was held online via Zoom.

„Edge AI“ is the name of a technical approach that is currently trending across domains: Implementing AI, more precisely: data-driven and adaptive systems, in a decentralised manner, for example in robots and sensors, independent of a continuous connection to a cloud.

Indeed, it cannot be ignored that the epistemic context of robots, sensors and AI is becoming increasingly important for thinking about the socio-technical conditions of digital cultures in the 21st century. Accordingly, it represents an extraordinary challenge for media studies of science and technology – not only for a history of the present as a media-historical and media-theoretical project, but for transdisciplinary efforts to reflect on its methodological and empirical complexity in general.

The workshop is a cooperation of the HiAICS research group, the Institute of Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, and the Collaborative Research Centre „Virtual Living Environments“ (SFB 1567).

More information on the event and schedule

Interview

Deutschlandfunk Kultur, May 4, 2023

As part of a radio feature on the uses of artificial intelligence in the sciences, Andreas Sudmann gave an interview to German public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk Kultur.

The full feature under the title „Wissenschaft – KI hilft Forschenden, Theorien zu entwickeln“ („Science – AI helps scientists to develop theories“) can be found online.

Listen to the radio feature on Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s website

Online workshop

ZOOM, April 24, 2023

Second online workshop of the ai\research\explorations workshop series on the topic of „Sequence Models and the Scientific Field“.

Download the full schedule here