30. October 2014

Max Planck Forum: When machines become too smart (Panel Discussion)

Max Planck Forum Saarbrücken image001 On November 11th, the MPI-SWS will host the Max Planck Forum on the topic “When machines become too smart How secure is our data?”.

Date 11.11.2014, 6:00 p.m.
Place Max Planck Institute for Software Systems; Campus E1 5; 66123 Saarbrücken

Mobile, digital technologies play an indispensable role in working life today and are becoming increasingly smarter. The data which they collect is a raw material of the modern-day service society. The state also has an interest, as communication data can help with the prosecution of criminal offences.

However, when data is extensively collected and analysed in a targeted way, online anonymity and user privacy are jeopardised. A person’s individual personality profile can quickly be determined on the basis of data from various sources without their knowledge. Such access is often made even easier due to the fact that many Internet users are not reluctant to make personal information available to online providers: from a Facebook account to travel and dating websites.

The forum provides information about the latest status of digital technology with special emphasis on mobile applications. What can such systems do? Furthermore, the fundamental question of how we should approach the growing possibilities of the digital world in future will also be discussed. Are the Germans too distrustful? Don’t consumers also benefit from the growing network of information through the improvement of products and services? Could data protection and data usage even be reconcilable goals?

Panel discussion with:
Prof. Dr. Michael Backes , Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarbrücken
Prof. Dr. Paul Francis , Director at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Kaiserslautern
Jürgen Lennartz , State Secretary, Head of the State Chancellery and Authorised Representative of Saarland to the federal government in Berlin
Thomas Schauf , Head of Europe and International, Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) e.V., Düsseldorf
Moderator: Reinhard Karger , M.A., company spokesperson, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and President of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Information und Wissen (DGI)

The Max Planck Forum is a series of events launched by the Max Planck Society. As a panel discussion, it regularly examines current political, economic and social issues against the background of the results and approaches of the cutting-edge research conducted by the Max Planck Society in over 80 institutes in Germany and abroad.
It is primarily aimed at an expert audience from the fields of politics, business and science, but also extends an invitation to the general public.