Digital Humanism - Staying Human in Times of Technological Progress


As a fundamental process of change, digitization opens up many new opportunities and possibilities, has brought considerable benefits in many respects, and has also promoted individual freedoms. In the same breath, our society is thus increasingly confronted with problematic developments, many of which are accelerating and developing a negative pull (e.g. monopolization of services and data, human transparency, social polarization through fake news & filter bubbles, discrimination through bias in AI, lack of human control, etc.). However, these negative aspects and developments should not prevent us from using digital technologies in a positive way. The goal should be to find answers and alternative solutions. The motto for this is digital humanism. It means putting people back at the center of technological developments and making them the benchmark in the digital age. Digital humanism is about a shift away from computer-literate people to people-literate technology. In this way, we also want to answer the question of how, through the great digital transformation, achievements such as the rule of law, the social market economy, free discourse and human rights will be expanded in the future and not undermined. Discussing this on PULS 24 Anchor Werner Sejka: Eva Czernohorsky (Business Agency), Michael Strassnig (Vienna Science, Research and Technology Fund), Hannah Wundsam (Austrian Start-Ups), Markus Hengstschläger, Clemens Wasner (EnliteAI) and Carina Zehetmaier.