Guest Lecture by Prof. Fischer (UC Boulder) on Quality of Life in the Digital Age

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On Friday, October 29, 2021, we were happy to welcome at our school Gerhard Fischer, Professor Adjunct and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and director and founder of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gerhard Fischer gave a talk on “Quality of Life in the Digital Age: Exploring Design Trade-offs between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligence Augmentation (IA)“.

Ph.D. and Master’s students of our institute interested in AI, Human-Computer Interaction, and User Experience and myself, we were lucky to finally open the season of non-zoom lectures with a visit by one of the founders of the modern discipline of Human-Computer-Interaction. Professor Fischer shared with us insights into his decades-long experience in the field and current research and provided us with a thought-provoking and somewhat hopeful perspective for the future. A future, as open-ended as the talk itself, about which Prof. Fischer – a self-proclaimed AI-realist – encouraged us – the future generations of researchers, designers, and developers – to look for the “real” problem during hype cycles and in spite of utopists and self-nominated “experts”. But also beware of AI and technology pessimists, as we head on our quest to invent and design the right mix between automation and the Quality of Life of our users.