Artificial Intelligence: Soon Smarter than Us?

Debating Europe


Debating Europe

They reply to our e-mails, finish our homework, support scientific research, and even write poems and plays if asked. The most recent chat bots, text-based dialogue systems like ChatGPT, already do certain things better and faster than human beings. Will one of humanity’s deepest fears now become reality as such programs threaten to make us redundant? Will they become even smarter than the smartest among us? These are the questions which Debating Europe will tackle this time around, featuring the following experts and artists.


Lisz Hirn – philosopher and writer

Peter Knees – Associate Professor of Informatics, TU Wien

Helga Nowotny – Professor em. of Social Studies of Science, former President of the European Research Council

Maya Pindeus – CEO, Co-Founder at Humanising Autonomy, London

Jörg Piringer – writer, artist, and computer scientist

Chaired by: Petra Stuiber – Der Standard

The discussion will be held in German.

Tickets and more information: Europa im Diskurs – Debating Europe | Burgtheater

Debating Europe – Europa im Diskurs

This series of public morning debates brings leading politicians, scientists and intellectuals on to the stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater to discuss topical issues of political and social relevance. This long-standing event is a collaborative production of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM)BurgtheaterERSTE Foundation and Austrian daily Der Standard.

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.