13. May 2022 | 7 to 9 p.m. (admission from 6:30 p.m.)

there is no computer that calls for freedom

Location: Plenary Hall of the Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

Motiv Veranstaltung Olympia

otl aicher 100: there is no computer that calls for freedom

Artificial intelligence and ethics – following on from Otl Aicher’s essay “kulturen des denkens” (cultures of thinking)



Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel, filmmaker and president of the Academy of Arts
Prof. Karsten Henze, Chairman of the Board of the IDZ.


Excerpts from the films “Designlegende HfG” (1988) and “Otl Aicher, der Denker am Objekt” (1991) of the edition disegno of Peter Schubert Filmproduktion, publisher FSB

Discussion between Peter Schubert, film director and producer and Wolfgang Reul, door handle philosopher at FSB


Lecture: „Information and Apocalypse”
Prof. Dr. Byung-Chul Han
philosopher, cultural scientist and author

Byung-Chul Han first studied metallurgy in Korea, then philosophy, German and Catholic theology in Freiburg im Breisgau and Munich. After his habilitation, he taught philosophy, media theory and cultural studies at the University of Basel, the HfG Karlsruhe and the Berlin University of the Arts. He has published numerous books, including “Müdigkeitsgesellschaft”, “Transparenzgesellschaft”, “Die Errettung des Schönen”, “Die Austreibung des Anderen” and “Undinge”. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.


Panel discussion with:

Lukas Brand
Theologian, author of the book “Artificial Virtue. Robots as Moral Actors”

Lukas Brand is a Catholic theologian and AI researcher. As a member of staff at the Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Science at the Ruhr University Bochum, he researches and teaches on questions of digital anthropology and ethics of AI, on virtuality and artificial persons. He makes his research accessible to a wider public in various lectures and articles. In his book “Artificial Virtue”, Brand addresses the question of whether machines can learn moral behaviour.

Lorena Jaume-Palasí
Philosopher and founder of “The Ethical Tech Society”

Lorena Jaume-Palasí researches the area of intersection between digital technology and ethics. She advises the European Parliament and the European Commission, among others, as well as the government of her home country Spain, which appointed her to the National Council for Artificial Intelligence in 2020. She is the founder of The Ethical Tech Society, a non-organisation* focused on the public interest dimension in technological infrastructures. As co-founder of the AlgorithmWatch initiative, Lorena Jaume-Palasí received the Theodor Heuss Medal in 2018 “for her contribution to a differentiated view of algorithms and their mechanisms of action”.

Yasemin Keskintepe
Art scholar and curator of the exhibition “Artificial Intelligence. Machines – Learning – Human Dreams” at the German Hygiene Museum, Dresden

Yasemin Keskintepe is a curator and art scholar. She investigates the influence of digital technologies on society through science and art. Most recently, she curated the special exhibition Artificial Intelligence. Machines Learn Human Dreams. Previously, she worked at the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2016 – 2018), where she curated the exhibition Open Codes. Life in Digital Worlds. She has also worked on numerous international exhibition projects, including in Mumbai, Beijing, Istanbul, Valletta, and Utrecht.

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger
Communication theorist, Executive Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

Christoph Neuberger teaches journalism and communication studies at the Free University of Berlin. He is also Executive Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. After studying, receiving his PhD, and habilitation in communication studies at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, he was professor of communication studies with a focus on “journalism” at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster from 2002 to 2011 and professor of communication studies with a focus on “media change” at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich from 2011 to 2019. He is a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW) and the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). His work focuses on the digital transformation of media, the public sphere and journalism.


21:30 Uhr


23:00 Uhr

End of the event


Photos: Sandra Kühnapfel. © IDZ