Series of Talks »Blick über den Tellerrand«

Once every month, the Fraunhofer ITWM opens its doors and invites everyone who is interested to broaden their horizon. The interdisciplinary lecture series »Blick über den Tellerrand« of the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics presents different perspectives on a wide spectrum of topics in the area of science and technology.

Exciting experts from a wide range of fields will speak and discuss with the guests. Everyone is cordially invited and admission is free. The event will take place on site at the Fraunhofer Center and will also be broadcast virtually.

Blick über den Tellerrand (Thinking Outside the Box)

The hybrid talks are only available in German.

Blick über den Tellerrand in September 2023

»Artificial Intelligence – Human Machine or Machine Man?«

Thursday, 07. September 2023

5:00 – 6:30 PM

The topic of »Artificial Intelligence« is mostly discussed with a view to the performance of the machine. The question then is which human performance an »AI« can replace. In more dramatic form, threat scenarios are occasionally drawn, ranging from mass unemployment to the dystopian self-empowerment of machines.

The talk will take a different perspective: Perhaps systems like ChatGPT merely reflect the degree of automation that the human working world has reached – instead of a supposed humanity of the machine, the »dehumanization« of human activities comes into focus.


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ralf Becker (Rhineland-Palatinate Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau RPTU, Institute of »Philosophy«)

Prof. Dr. Ralf Becker studied philosophy, psychology and German language and literature at the University of Trier, where he received his doctorate in philosophy in 2002. In 2010 he habilitated at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. After substitute and visiting professorships in Kiel, Jena, and Ulm, he accepted the call to the professorship of philosophy at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau Campus, since January 1, 2023 RPTU in Landau, in 2016. His research focuses on philosophical anthropology, philosophy of culture and philosophy of science.

Participation Options:       

  1. on site in the lecture hall of the Fraunhofer ITWM Fraunhofer-Platz 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany  
  2. by video conference via Microsoft Teams:

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»Blick über den Tellerrand« is an interdisciplinary lecture series of the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics with changing topics. Once a month, it currently takes place hybrid. Participation is free of charge!