Selected expert statements at a glance
You will find the most exciting and most interesting expert statements from the discussion series "Are we stumbling blindly into digitization? We need digital responsibility!" at a glance here, divided into topics.
Social Media and Disaster Assistence
Artificial intelligence vs. human spirit
People just don't want neutral information; they want positions, too. They want to confront the opinion and position of a journalist, sometimes they want to take issue with a commentary; they want to encounter a different opinion and sometimes have their own view confirmed. Individualism makes journalism what it is.
Opportunities and challenges
I tend to think that the changes now underway are so enormous, and that so many things are being changed, that we just have to trust our instincts.
In our digital culture, we ultimately have to be asking, "who is actually programming whom?" Could it be that our user behavior is leading to our gradually being influenced, that a user's purchase decisions – and this is already apparent – can be strongly influenced by the user's input?
What I often find with new products and ideas at the moment is that no lessons are being learned from the first wave of digitization. In other words, the same mistakes are being made all over again in IT security. It’s as if we were jumping backwards in our evolution with every step we take forwards.
It’s considered completely normal that a provider who sells us software isn’t liable.
We should not lose sight of the possibility that rampant and uncontrolled digitization, that does not comply with values of our society, could very well have some very negative consequences.
Data protection doesn't mean turning the clock back to the analog age, a time when masses of personal data were not being stored as is the case today. However, we should be striving to keep digitization in check – in other words, to "tame" it – while also making sure that data which does not really need to be personalized is left just as it is (...).
Responsibility on the part of policy-makers, business and the individual
But I think the most important thing is to recognize the opportunities. To be able to do that, we have to engage intensively with the processes and – I think this is especially important – actively work to help shape them.
I want my children's generation to be more than just consumers.
The digital revolution will be a democratic revolution if it can get citizens actively involved in shaping things. If that doesn't happen, then the very democracy we sought to strengthen will have been incapacitated.
Smartphones enable completely new kinds of productivity and levels of productivity that were previously unknown to us. But at the same time, these many interruptions: I just need to check something, or my friends have sent me something and it's beeping at me. This makes for a highly fragmented daily routine and eliminates any kind of flow, that is to say, any kind of extended focus on one thing that you can somehow immerse yourself in. But flow was the root of feelings of happiness and productivity. Getting that back – that is now the challenge.
I think that in Germany, we are still somewhat stuck on this question of guilt - morally good or bad. But that's stupid. In fact, we are in the middle. Of course I can't stop it, but nor am I going to accept it just as it is. The question is: how can I help to shape it? And then what you realize is that, unfortunately, being in the middle is really tricky.