Harald Lesch on the opportunities and risks of digitalisation

At //next we not only report on news and trends from the digital world - we also want to question them and debunk hypes. During our research, we noticed an exciting - and in many parts also cautionary - lecture by Harald Lesch, which the scientist recently gave as part of a lecture series. Despite all our enthusiasm for innovations and new technologies: We do not want to deprive our readers of the views of this well-known physicist, author and TV presenter. Note: Unfortunately, the lecture is only available in German.

Prof. Harald Lesch, Copyright: ZDF/Johanna Brinckmann Prof. Harald Lesch, Copyright: ZDF/Johanna Brinckmann

How do neuronal networks actually develop? And how does our perception change when we rely on algorithms that only recognise correlations - but not causal relationships? Can we humans grasp the consequences of digitalisation at all? Harald Lesch provides food for thought on these and many other questions in the lecture linked below at the Munich Volkshochschule (MVHS).

Harald Lesch holds the Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and is a lecturer in natural philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. The lecture series "Man-Machine" as part of the MVHS programme focus "Connected. Life in Digital Worlds" is dedicated to the very fundamental question of the relationship between man and machine. All topics and dates can be found here.

Text: Ingo Schenk

Lecture: Opportunities and risks of digitalisation (in German only)