Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Tomorrow's World

Beginn: 04. Okt 17 | Ende: 07. Okt 17 | Conference Hotel FREIgeist, Einbeck, Germany

Scientists from the engineering and social sciences are invited to apply for participation in a workshop focusing on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society on October 4 to 7, 2017 in Einbeck, Germany.

How does the intelligence of machines and robots transform our life? (Photo: Phonlamai Photo –

How does the intelligence of machines and robots transform our life? (Photo: Phonlamai Photo –

Current developments surrounding the digitalization of society, especially in the field of "Artificial Intelligence" (AI), have the potential to fundamentally transform the society. The ongoing and expectable developments impacting virtually every part of society are characterized by high dynamics of change. 

In view of such developments, science and scholarship must address the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and risks arising from an increasingly digitalized society?
  • In which way is AI already embedded in our life and what future developments can be expected? 
  • Which future technical and societal scenarios are realistic?
  • How can the scientific communities assume joint responsibility in areas such as security, private sphere, or social justice? 
  • How can science shape future developments and provide society with expert-informed guidance?
  • And last but not least: What sort of future do we want to live in?

Interdisciplinary Workshop

To discuss these questions, the Volkswagen Foundation invites academics interested to submit a proposal for the interdisciplinary workshop "Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Tomorrow’s World" to be held from October 4-7, 2017.

The workshop brings together scientists from the engineering and social sciences for an interdisciplinary discussion of issues concerning Artificial Intelligence and its future impact on society.


Are you a "Future Pilot" who would like to take part in exploring and shaping our digital future? Then please send us your application via the Foundation's Electronic Application System until May 23 latest. It should comprise your curriculum vitae together with a letter of motivation. Please download the Call for Contributions (pdf) for more details. 


The conference language is English.


The workshop will be held at the Conference Hotel Freigeist in Einbeck (between Kassel and Hanover).