AI and the Future of Societies

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Xplanatorium Herrenhausen
Fachpublikum Wissenschaft

During this conference, recent and future developments in research and application of artificial intelligence (AI) and their impact on societies are to be discussed. 

Artificial intelligence has the potential to fundamentally transform societies (Illustration: Phonlamai Photo -

The dynamic developments in research and application fields of artificial intelligence (AI) are about to fundamentally change societies. AI is increasingly permeating all areas of life. This concerns global issues, such as sustainable system transformation or use of self-learning algorithms in work environments and public administration, as well as areas of private life, such as care for the elderly or individual learning. Simultaneous to the manifold opportunities associated with the use of AI, this development poses enormous challenges and risks. Questions arise for all societies as to what effects can be expected in the further course of the digital revolution.

In the context of this Herrenhäuser Konferenz, central aspects and application areas of artificial intelligence will be discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective. What effects can be expected for political and economic systems? What are the consequences, for instance, for the future of mobility, labor relations and, not least, social inequality at different levels? The challenge of the future for all societies is: How can people use AI applications for their benefit and how can all parts of societies participate in the benefits of AI?

Herrenhausen Conference
AI and the future of Societies
October 12 - 14, 2022
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany


A preliminary program can be found in the download section.


The conference language is English.


Participation is open for interested scientists working in the field of Artificial Intelligence. 

Venue and Public Transport

The conference will be held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference centre in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by subway: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".


The challenge of the future for all societies is: How can people use AI applications to their benefit and how can all parts of society share in the benefits of AI? The Volkswagen Foundation is aware of these challenges and is accompanying this process with a constantly updated focus - and a funding initiative launched in November 2017 to support close cooperation between technology and the social sciences.