Staying smart In A Smart World: How Do We Think About This Computerised World We Live In?
In conversation with Chris Morris and Gerd Gigerenzer: Everywhere we look, technology dominates our lives. Smartphones, smarthomes, digital assistants, an entire existence aided with circuitry. With the assistance, also comes a requirement to take ownership of this surrendering of agency, and to keep track of the devices and the innovations we let into our lives. They are all a choice, are we making the right ones?
Chris Morris is a writer director and performer best known for the television satires The Day Today and Brass Eye and the feature film Four Lions, a comedy about a cell of hapless suicide bombers. His radio work includes the On The Hour, Blue Jam and interventionist freeform shows performed under his own name. He co-wrote and directed the cult tv shows Jam and Nathan Barley and his film My Wrongs 8245 - 8249 & 117 won the BAFTA for Best Short in 2002. He collaborated with Peter Cook for the improvised radio series Why Bother, and has also directed episodes of Veep and appeared in The IT Crowd and The Stewart Lee Comedy Vehicle. His most recent feature film The Day Shall Come satirized the wanton injustice of FBI sting operations and he is currently working on projects about the Anglo American Coup in Iran in 1953 and the snake oil of dataism and AI.
Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, University of Potsdam, and Director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. He is former Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Law at the University of Virginia. He is Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Awards for his work include the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences, the Association of American Publishers Prize for the best book in the social and behavioral sciences, the German Psychology Award, and the Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. His award-winning popular books Calculated Risks, Gut Feelings, and Risk Savvy have been translated into more than 20 languages. His academic books include Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart, Rationality for Mortals, Simply Rational, and Bounded Rationality (with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel Laureate in economics). Gigerenzer has trained U.S. federal judges, German physicians, and international top managers in decision making. The Swiss Duttweiler Institute has distinguished Gigerenzer as one of the top-100 Global Thought Leaders worldwide.
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