Humans, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence

Objectives and research questions

The digital transformation has been changing our companies for about 60 years. We used to refer to technology as computers, sometimes as hardware and software. We subsumed it under the collective term “information technology” or “data processing”.

Today almost every product is a “computer” and the trend towards “smart devices” is penetrating all areas of our lives. Many experts speak in general terms of algorithms that do their job in some “device” rather than “software”. A currently hyped form of algorithm is Artificial Intelligence. It was so called in the 1950s because computer scientists had high hopes for the further development of computers if they could imitate the capabilities of algorithms of human intelligence.

That is why Artifical Intelligence and algorithms are a topic for our think tank.
The public discussion about Artificial Intelligence is far away from the actual practical level of development. We are therefore interested in the state of the art in our companies and the use of Artificial Intelligence in our business information systems.

We think that there can be no doubt that algorithm topics and especially Artificial Intelligence will change the cooperation of people and their work processes more and more. We are following this development closely.

Current readings on Artificial Intelligence

Boden, Margaret A (2016) AI. Its nature and future. Oxford UP, Oxford

Fry, Hannah (2018) Hello World. How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine. Doubleday, London

Tegmark, Max (2017) Life 3.0. Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Allen Lane, London

Walsh, Toby (2019) 2026. Das Jahr, in dem die künstliche Intelligenz uns ebenbürtig sein wird. Riva Verlag, München (Das Original ist im Jahr 2018 bei La Trobe UP unter dem Titel 2062. The World That AI Made erschienen

Warwick, Kevin (2012) Artificial Intelligence. The Basics. Routledge, London

Impulses from our think tank

Böck, Josef (2019) Digitale Transformation und Führungspraxis. Stuttgart: Schäffer-Poeschel, 2019.

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