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.
Currently, we plan to hold this seminar in person on campus, given that the pandemic situation permits.
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 in Business Informatics and MMDS (2 SWS, 4 ECTS)
The seminar takes places on a few Thursday afternoons in HWS 2021. Timeline:
(Note: you are kindly invited to propose other works as well)
|Author||Title (en)||Title (de)|
|Max Barry||Machine Man||Maschinenmann|
|Andreas Brandhorst||--||Das Erwachen|
|Philip K. Dick||Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?||Träumen Androiden von elektrischen Schafen?|
|Cory Doctorow||Little Brother||Little Brother|
|Dave Eggers||The Circle||Der Circle|
|Marc Elsberg||Code Zero||ZERO|
|Andreas Eschbach||Lord of all Things||Herr aller Dinge|
|Andreas Eschbach||--||NSA – Nationales Sicherheitsamt|
|Theresa Hannig||--||Die Optimierer|
|Robert Harris||The Fear Index||Angst|
|Tom Hillenbrand||Drone State||Drohnenland|
|Marc-Uwe Kling||--||Quality Land|
|John Marrs||The Passengers||The Passengers|
|Bijan Moini||--||Der Würfel|
|Karl Olsberg||--||Das System|
|Kim Stanley Robinson||Aurora||Aurora|
|Daniel Suarez||Kill Decision||Kill Decision|
|Adrian Tchaikovsky||Dogs of War||Im Krieg|
|Martha Wells||The Murderbot Diaries||Tagebuch eines Killerbots|
|M.G. Wheaton||Emily Eternal||Emily Eternal|
|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)