The aim of this seminar is to reflect on how AI and data science influence the world we live in. We will discuss fictional works (i.e., novels) and analyze which developments are described therein and how realistic we deem them.
In this seminar, you will read and analyze a fictional work (i.e., novel) of your choice, and identify parallels between (a) AI technology described in fiction and actual technological developments, and (b) interactions between technology and society. In particular, we will discuss the societal and ethical impact of AI on modern societies.
Each participant will read a fictional work, present it to the seminar participants, and participate in the discussions. Each presentation is accompanied by a seminar paper, which will undergo a peer review process. Note that you are supposed to also read the novels for which you are peer reviewing the reports, which makes for a total reading workload of several novels throughout the semester. Presentations are supposed to be about 25 minutes long.
This seminar is organized by Prof. Dr. Heiko Paulheim
Available for Master students (2 SWS, 4 ECTS)
(Note: you are kindly invited to propose other works as well)
|Author||Title (en)||Title (de)|
|Andreas Brandhorst||--||Das Erwachen|
|Cory Doctorow||Little Brother||Little Brother|
|Dave Eggers||The Circle||Der Circle|
|Andreas Eschbach||Lord of all Things||Herr aller Dinge|
|Robert Harris||The Fear Index||Angst|
|Marc-Uwe Kling||--||Quality Land|
|Daniel Suarez||Kill Decision||Kill Decision|
|Daniel Suarez||Freedom TM||Darknet|
|Juli Zeh||The Method||Corpus Delicti|
(You may use those as background material, but you are kindly asked to conduct some further literature research yourself)