“The working worlds of the future” is the topic for the Science Year 2018. Before the session of Ranga Yogeshwar the German minister for education and research will open the topic "We can Work it Out".
​​​​​​​And “We can Work it out”: at rp18, we want to adopt a perspective that is located beyond the job market, pure engineering and business administration, and which approaches this future world of work to penetrate it, both scientifically and philosophically. What challenges will have to be faced in terms of (office) architecture, personal life goals, ethics and law?

How do we want to further educate and work in a digitalised world? Is there a life after the maxim of economic growth? What techno-social questions are raised that can be connected to other re:publica discourses, for example, the topic of privacy? The focus on-stage, in “sweatshops”, artworks and performances should not just be on automation and labour shortage, but also on what role research and science (can) play in the shaping of this shift.

Science Year 2018 – “Working Worlds of the Future”

The Science Year 2018 focuses on the “Working World of the Future”. Digitalization, alternative ways of working, artificial intelligence research and similar fields present new challenges and opportunities to scientific and civil societies. How will people work in future? And how do you prepare for these scenarios? What role can science and research play in designing the terms of labor? The Science Year 2018 highlights the impact technological and social innovations have on the economy of tomorrow, and discusses the new standards of socio-political dialogue and work experience that we face today. “Learn, experience, create” is the motto of the Science Year 2018, and all interested participants are called upon to join in, ask questions and find solutions.

The Science Year is an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF, organized in collaboration with Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD). As a central instrument of federal science communication, the Science Year conveys current research to the public and fosters the dialogue between science and society.

 

Wissenschaftsjahr 2018 - BMBF

  • Business & Innovation
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    Flexibel zu arbeiten ist für WissensarbeiterInnen, Medienschaffende und die Digitale Bohème heute schon selbstverständlich. Damit haben sie einen Erfahrungsvorsprung bzgl. Best Practices und Organisationsstrategien mit der Ermöglichung von individueller Arbeitsgestaltung im Gegensatz zu bisher weniger digitalisierten Berufsfeldern. Doch auch die Schattenseiten dieser Flexibilisierung müssen benannt werden: In einem Kreativ-Workshop entwickeln wir Lösungen für eine wünschenswerte Arbeit in 2030+.
  • Arts & Culture
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    Die fetten Jahre sind gekommen. Am Horizont galoppiert bereits die vollständige Automatisierung heran, die unsere Jobs endgültig überflüssig machen wird. Damit es kein böses Erwachen gibt, gibt es KIBA: Die Künstliche-Intelligenz-Berufs-Agentur generiert aus deinem Profil nicht nur ein leckeres Saft-Mischgetränk, sondern zeichnet deine ganz persönliche Automatisierungs-Utopie. So kannst du den Arbeitswelten der Zukunft selbstbewusst und gut integriert entgegen schreiten.
  • Politics & Society
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    Promotional material for industrial robots and advanced manufacturing is becoming highly aestheticized, turning tools into objects of desire. In the face of fears about losing jobs to automation, emphasizing the beauty of robots re-positions them in the public imagination. This talk shows how beautiful depictions of robots are used to imbue automation with romance and mystique. It critiques a recent trend which presents industrial machines in imagery borrowed from sport and luxury advertising.
  • Politics & Society
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    An estimated 70 million people are now finding work through apps, platforms, and websites. There are emerging concerns about the quality of this work, which is often obscured behind technology. We introduce the Fairwork Foundation, a project that addresses the issue of fair work on online platforms. This involves criteria for fair digital work, along with a certification process for platforms. The workshop provides a forum with six thought leaders discussing the future of work.
  • Science & Technology
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    Can a bot break the law? Who is liable if a self-driving car crashes? Can a robot infringe copyright? Can a software developer go to jail for the actions of a machine learning algorithm? This talk will try to answer this and other questions regarding artificial intelligence and the law.