Of machines and men

Recognition of emotions based on a visual analysis of the face using a camera, d
Recognition of emotions based on a visual analysis of the face using a camera, demonstrated by Dr Sven Sickert, Computer Vision Group of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science. Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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The current issue of the University of Jena’s research magazine LICHTGEDANKEN focuses on Artificial Intelligence-AI. Generative AI tools, most notably ChatGPT, are on everyone’s lips, with new tools released on an almost daily basis. On the other hand, there is growing concern about these increasingly powerful technologies.

In this issue of LICHTGEDANKEN, we aim to outline what AI is and is not (yet) capable of doing. In the feature »Of machines and men« , AI experts provide an overview of the different forms of AI and explain how they work. They also discuss the limits of AI and demonstrate that artificial and human intelligence are not antithetical powers, competing for dominance.

LICHT GEDANKEN also presents AI tools and technologies that are already being used in a variety of ways at the University of Jena, from climate research and historical science to chemistry and surgery. Further interviews and articles detail the perspectives of a communication scientist, a philosopher and a research team exploring legal issues.

This current issue of LICHTGEDANKEN also shines a spotlight on two female scientists whose impact extends far beyond the city of Jena: the educator Mathilde Vaerting, a pioneer of gender research who became the first full professor at a German university when she was appointed by the University of Jena 100 years ago, and the jurist Anika Klafki, whose expertise was sought-after by media outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since become the youngest judge at the Thuringian Constitutional Court.

The magazines are available in the university main building and can be purchased from  the university shop.