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Dangerous mathematics?

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our society. They automate human thought and decision processes with the help of mathematical formulas. But how rational are these data-based decisions? And how do we distinguish useful from dangerous algorithms?

The topic of “artificial intelligence” divides society. Some see it as a great opportunity, others as a dangerous threat. It is often forgotten that most forms of artificial intelligence are nothing more than applied mathematics. So we have to ask ourselves whether we trust mathematics and its applications. Can we distinguish useful from dangerous algorithms? How do we guarantee “safe” use of algorithms? Should we regulate their use by law? And what are the consequences of the algorithmization of our lives?

These and other questions will be discussed by our experts from the BFH Center Digital Society. They use examples to show which tasks mathematical algorithms solve better than humans and which applications are objectionable from a social perspective. Furthermore, they present answers but also open questions from research. After the short presentations there will be time for questions from the audience.

With contributions from:

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Zimmermann, lecturer and coach, BFH Wirtschaft<
Prof. Dr. Mascha Kurpicz-Briki, Computer Scientist, BFH Technology & Informatics
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl, Mathematician, BFH Center Digital Society

Date: March 23, 2021

Time: 18:00 – 19:30

The event will be held virtually: www.zoom.us. For organizational reasons, registration is required. The registration form can be found here ((link)) https://www.bfh.ch/de/aktuell/veranstaltungen/gefaehrliche-mathematik/


The event is supported by:

Gesellschaft für Mathematik an Schweizer Fachhochschulen (GMFH)

Consulting Cluster

Digital Impact


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