24 March 2019


Museum Dialogues.
Synthetic Intelligence and Smart Cities

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt

4 April 2019




Given that many households are now equipped with smart technologies, there is a debate about whether and how cities can be smartly designed. The social implications of smart concepts of this magnitude are significant, which is why it is all the more important to discuss opportunities and risks in advance and to define a direction for development. The series of events entitled “Museum Dialogues” held by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum Frankfurt launches the discussion with a look at current smart city projects in China.


“Synthetic Intelligence and Smart Cities: Chinese Surveillance Culture – What’s Relevant for Us,” is the detailed subtitle of the event, highlighting the importance of a social discourse on smart cities. It is social decisions rather than technical parameters that determine the concrete design of smart cities. In this respect, China is currently embarking on a totalitarian path that is hardly compatible with democratic values.

Kai Strittmatter, China correspondent of the Süddeutsche Zeitung until the end of 2018, will begin the symposium with a lecture on “’The new man’ – How China’s dictatorship is missing out on a digital update”. Ralph Schroeder, Professor of Social Sciences of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, compares the Chinese social credit system with the worlds of Orwell and Huxley, while Thomas Heimer, Professor of Innovation and Project Management at Rhein Main University of Applied Sciences, considers the transformation of urban spaces through digital transformation. Further lectures and subsequent discussions complete the programme.

Admission is free, but you are requested to register by 27 March.


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