Uwe Geisler beschäftigt sich mit mit Informatik, Informationstechnik und naheliegenden Themenfeldern. Seit 2006 begeistert er mit seinen Mitmach-Vorträgen Groß und Klein. Er erklärt anschaulich und unterhaltsam die technischen und mathematischen Zusammenhänge und die Funktionsweise von Computern.
In der heutigen Zeit ist viel die Rede von einer Generation der Digital Natives, was in etwa sowas wie “Eingeborene des Internets” bedeuten soll. Von diesen Digital Natives erwartet sich die Gesellschaft unglaublich viel, weiß aber gar nicht, wer die überhaupt sind und was sie mit ihnen anfangen soll. Darum wird es Zeit, dass die Digital Natives das selber bestimmen. Kai-Eric Fitzner hilft.
Axel, Volker und Jochen vom Hackerspace Frankfurt – eine Plattform für technisch kreative Menschen – erklären, wie man sich einen kleinen Roboter baut. Danach unterstützen sie die Kids beim Zusammenbauen ihrer eigenen Bristlebots.
Markus von Aschoff von ifridge spricht darüber, wie man als junger Mensch Dinge selbst in die Hand nehmen und Chancen nutzen kann, um das zu tun, was einen begeistert.
Fabian Seewald zeigt am Beispiel einer sehr großen Marionette namens DUNDU wie wichtig Teamwork ist. Denn um die vier Meter große und 20 Kilo schwere Marionette zum Leben zu erwecken, ist ein ganzes Team notwendig und jeder muss sich auf den anderen verlassen können. Wie Team Building funktioniert, erklärt Fabian Seewald den Kids anschaulich.
Brain, bodily awareness, and the emergence of a conscious self: these entities and their relations are explored by Germanphilosopher and cognitive scientist Metzinger. Extensively working with neuroscientists he has come to the conclusion that, in fact, there is no such thing as a “self” — that a “self” is simply the content of a model created by our brain – part of a virtual reality we create for ourselves.
But if the self is not “real,” he asks, why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct the self? In a series of fascinating virtual reality experiments, Metzinger and his colleagues have attempted to create so-called “out-of-body experiences” in the lab, in order to explore these questions. As a philosopher, he offers a discussion of many of the latest results in robotics, neuroscience, dream and meditation research, and argues that the brain is much more powerful than we have ever imagined. He shows us, for example, that we now have the first machines that have developed an inner image of their own body — and actually use this model to create intelligent behavior. In addition, studies exploring the connections between phantom limbs and the brain have shown us that even people born without arms or legs sometimes experience a sensation that they do in fact have limbs that are not there. Experiments like the “rubber-hand illusion” demonstrate how we can experience a fake hand as part of our self and even feel a sensation of touch on the phantom hand form the basis and testing ground for the idea that what we have called the “self” in the past is just the content of a transparent self-model in our brains. Now, as new ways of manipulating the conscious mind-brain appear on the scene, it will soon become possible to alter our subjective reality in an unprecedented manner. The cultural consequences of this, Metzinger claims, may be immense: we will need a new approach to ethics, and we will be forced to think about ourselves in a fundamentally new way. At TEDxRheinMain 2011 he will share his thoughts on consciousness and the self and talk about the concept of the Ego-Tunnel.
Pro. Dr. Thomas Metzinger:
(*1958 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) is currently Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg‐Universität Mainz and an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Study. In 2009 he returned from a prestigious one‐year Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Institute for Advanced Study), is past president of the German Cognitive Science Society and currently president of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. His focus of research lies in analytical philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophical aspects of the neuro- and cognitive sciences as well as connections between ethics, philosophy of mind and anthropology. He has edited and published extensively in German and English, e.g. one major scientific monograph developing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary theory about consciousness, the phenomenal self, and the first‐person perspective (“Being No One — The Self‐Model Theory of Subjectivity”, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003). In 2009, he published a popular book, which addresses a wider audience and also discusses the ethical, cultural and social consequences of consciousness research (“The Ego Tunnel — The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self”, New York: Basic Books)
Imagine a digital superpower with one sole economic output: collecting, structuring and selling information. Let’s call it “The Information Company” – or TIC for short. TIC has found a way to tune into the global streams of internet data, collect the unstructured data and index them. The question is: where does that leave me and how can I get some personal gain from this? How do I get to be a message in these streams of data?
Ibrahim Evsan is living Social Media. In 2006 he founded sevenload – one of the most successfull German startups. In October 2009 he decided to start a new company: United Prototype. As an expert for Social Media he writes about blogs, microblogging, online-reputation and living in the life-stream in his book Der Fixierungscode.
Her talk will focus on the transformation coming along by wireless communication. Since the past technical installations had suggested to form a sort of mega body comprising all of us in a post-christological manner (veins of blood and effective organs), the cordless and invisible wave architecture of …
contemporary communication technologies (by preference mobile phone networks) induce a social atmosphere of pure and constant cohesion of individuals. She would like to show how this fact affects consciousness. Using GWF Leibniz’s aesthetic concept of “clear and confuse perception” she will try to give proof to her thesis that this moment marks symbolically the new dawn of one transpersonal consciousness, i.e. what she would call the mega confusion.
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth von Samsonow is a philosopher and artist. She works, among many other things, as Professor for Philosophical and Historical Anthropology at the Kunst an der Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. She is am member of GEDOK Munich and is active internationally exhibiting her work and curating exhibitions. Her teachings and research focus on philosphy and the history of religions relating to a theory of a collective memory, the relationship between Art and Religion past and present, a theory and history of the perception of women as well as female identification, sacral androgyny and the modern dissolution of the self. Her work as an artist is concerned with the systematic and symbolic place of sculpture in the canon of Art.
Ever since we use digital media we leave digital footprints in an alternative environment. mobile devices have becomes extensions of our physical bodies and intermediators to this digital world. using apps with profiling technologies we track and trace ourselves to create our digital alter ego. soon personal interface agents will be our personal digital assistents combing learnability with autonomous adaptivity and finally to create an unfragmented image of ourselves in a digital surrounding – a mental identity in a non-physical world.
Prof. Wolfgang Henseler (born 1961) is founder and managing creative director at SENSORY-MINDS, a designstudio for new media and innovative technologies based in Offenbach am Main (Germany) and a professor for Digital Media — natural user design, multitouch technologies, social media, usability and user experience — and for Intermedia Design — the Internet of Things — at the University of Pforzheim — Faculty for Design. For more than 15 years Professor Henseler has worked and done research within the areas of user-centred-interface-design and interface-agents. When it comes to next generation websites (web-interfaces). Professor Henseler can be mentioned as one of the most visionary persons and consults Google and Microsoft in the field of natural-user-interface-design, the next generation of human-computer-interface-design. As a speaker Professor Henseler has been invited to many international conferences such as the Apple Millenium Tour, Microsoft Envision Tour (Milan, Prague, Dubai, Las Vegas etc.), the Financial Times “Interfacing the Future” conference with Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO).
As a trend and innovation specialist for new and emerging media and future technologies Professor Henseler advices international leading companies i.e. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, Nestlé or Deutsche Lufthansa on their internet-, mobile-, social media-, retail- or e-business strategies.
Back in the days it was up to parents, priests and other hierarchies to decide who we were meant to be. The space left to design our own “selves” was tiny and further limited by a steadfast “home”. But today, after Christ’s influence has all but gone, education and management are professionalized to a cluster of “correct behaviors”. Work and private life are blended and we tend to be a virtual one who
used to be at least two. Today building your own identity requires more activity. We have to learn to walk onto the stage of a virtual reality as one unique personality — without getting lost in ever new communities and identities.
What could the design principles of this new and necessary identity-imagology be?
We have to understand how to integrate the all new and excessive many into a whole One. New simple being — that’s what I call it. No thinking in boxes, no managing of inner diversities. Religion has become too weak, digital ignorants cannot give us directions. We — ourselves in transition – have to believe in new ways, work in new ways, live in new ways, learn to be world citizens in new ways. What will be the result? Kind of an augmented human being.
Günter Dueck is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences. He authored some satiricalphilosophical books on humans, management and life and the Financial Times Germany Management Book of the year 2006 Lean Brain Management — Success and more Efficiency by Zero-Intelligence.