Cologne Futures 16

Precision and insecurity

The computation of everyday life and its social impact

The digitization of everything and everybody promises primarily predictability. Its result shall be a longer life in better health, smooth transport and perhaps even the immortality of mind and soul. However, social scientists witness that citizens are astonishingly uncertain in view of political crises in general and more specifically in view of fugitives, neo-populist movements, political stars like Donald Trump, Marine and Marion Le Pen. How do those elements connect? How can we analyse that new techno-social dialectic? How do traditional and “social”-media contribute? This year’s Cologne Futures, the fifth edition, offer a keynote by Julia Hobsbawm (London), talks by Harald Welzer, Wolfgang Gründinger, Paul-Olivier Dehaye (Zurich) and a discussion with the director Angela Richter.

10–10.15 a.m.
Opening: Dr. Reza Moussavian (Telekom AG) and Dr. Lutz Hachmeister (IfM)

10.15–11.30 a.m.
Harald Welzer: Smarte Diktatur? Fiktionen der Berechenbarkeit. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Wolfgang Gründinger (in German)

11.30 a.m.–12 p.m.
coffee break

12–1 p.m.
Julia Hobsbawm: Knowledge, Networks and Time. Finding the Balance. (in English; the keynote will be followed by a discussion)

1–2.30 p.m.
Lunch break

2.30–3.45 p.m.
Paul-Olivier Dehaye: Politics of Smart Learning (in English; the presentation will be followed by a discussion)

3.45–4.15 p.m.
Coffee break

4.15–5.30 p.m.
Angela Richter in discussion with Lutz Hachmeister: Künstlerische Reaktionen auf die Berechnung der Lebenswelt (in German; the talk will be followed by a
discussion)

Within the scope of the Film Festival Cologne:
7.00 p.m.
Screening of Werner Herzog’s LO AND BEHOLD. REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD