By engaging Julian Nida-Rümelin, the Oskar von Miller Forum presented one of the most renowned German philosophers to discuss topics around ethics and digitisation. Following a philosophical excursion, he explored the opportunities that will emerge for society through artificial intelligence. Examples included autonomous driving and care robots. According to Nida-Rümelin, digitisation in Germany has so far made a modest contribution to productivity development. In his view, this is due to the fact that the project of a networked Industry 4.0 is still at its very beginnings.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Julian Nida-Rümelin, former Minister of State, is Director of the Chair of Philosophy and Political Theory at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where he heads the extra-occupational Master’s programme in Philosophy, Politics and Business. In recent years, he has engaged in profound studies of anthropological, epistemological and technology-related philosophical issues. Julian Nida-Rümelin is a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has headed the cultural research group of the Bavarian Digitisation Centre (Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern, ZD.B) since 2017.
Julian Nida-Rümelin underlined that central humanistic educational ideals are becoming more important than ever as the digitisation of technology, economics and culture progresses. Mere knowledge of facts is a declining asset, given that any machine will outpace humans in this regard. The ability to critically assess facts and to keep a clear overview in a world of overabundant data is vital.
The conclusion of the evening was that the implementation of technological possibilities must consistently be based on human values