Artificial intelligence is the topic of the 2019 Science Year. Systems and applications based on artificial intelligence are now a part of our lives in a variety of ways: industrial robots that complete difficult or monotonous work, smart computers that can process vast quantities of data in a short period of time and are thus vital for science and research, and not forgetting virtual assistance systems that have been incorporated into our everyday life. Digitalisation and automation will advance further in the future. What opportunities do they offer? What challenges will we have to face? How will this development affect our social interactions? In the 2019 Science Year, citizens are being invited to work with the worlds of science and research to find answers to these and other questions.
Online magazine www.LizzyNet.de is launching a writing competition called ‘FutureBrain’ for adolescents and young people to mark the 2019 Science Year. It is looking for exciting, hopeful, captivating short stories on artificial intelligence by authors aged between 12 and 26. Whether robot romances or AI utopias, science fiction or near-future scenarios, competition entries can be any story featuring self-learning systems, algorithms, and their possible applications, opportunities and risks. Full details of the competition can be found here. The deadline for entries is 25 August 2019. Online magazine LizzyNet is particularly aimed at girls and young women who want to discuss and find out more about politics, the environment and topics from the worlds of research and science, and are interested in writing and shaping the fields.
The competition’s patron Prof. Christoph Igel, Scientific Director of the EdTec Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), is delighted that the FutureBrain competition offers a way to tackle artificial intelligence from a creative perspective: ‘We need to go back to values, culture and social cohesion, and we need ideas for how to support learning systems. I am excited to see what young people come up with and I am hoping for some surprising perspectives.’
The panel – made up of AI ethics consultant Max Haarich, authors Manuela Lenzen and Margit Ruile, Sebastian Pirling of Heyne Verlag, and Prof. Christian Bauckhage of Fraunhofer IAIS – are looking for particularly visionary and creative submissions, especially those that manage to go beyond the traditional scenario of emotionless robots ravaging humanity. The best stories will be put together in an e-book published by Heyne Verlag. The winners will also be invited to present their texts at a public reading on the MS Wissenschaft exhibition ship in Würzburg on 28 September.