Englisches Programm

Englisches Programm

Long Night of the Sciences

For our international visitors, we have put together a program in English that enables you to attend lectures and activities throughout the evening 

Identifying different vaccination myths

Social media platforms are rife with wild speculation and false reports about the effects of vaccines and the level of protection they offer. The demonstration looks at the different types of vaccination myths circulating on the Internet, especially via Twitter. We will present a new online tool that can be used to identify and learn more about the various myths that are often behind inaccurate claims
regarding vaccines. Test the tool yourself and improve your skills at debunking information!
Format: Demonstration
Research Center: Adaptive Rationality
Start: 6:00 pm / ground floor / Duration: 15 minutes

How rumors spread

In our information society, rumors and fake news can spread like wildfire. Just as in the “telephone game,“ information can be distorted when passed from one person to another. How does that happen? What are the origins of this phenomenon and what implications does it have for society? Learn from Mehdi Moussaïd how scientists study rumor propagation. In addition to his scientific activities, Mehdi runs the successful blog Fouloscopie, where he describes collective behavior phenomena in human crowds.
Format: Talk
Lecturer: Mehdi Moussaïd
Research Center: Adaptive Rationality
6.45 – 7.05 pm / Library, 1st floor

Around the world in 80 emotions? The global life of the emotions

Is love in Central Africa different from love in India? Can we compare shame in present-day Turkey to shame in ancient Sanskrit literature? How do the societies in which we live shape our most private and personal feelings? In this discussion round, we draw on our wide-ranging research findings to show how feelings are at once personal and private as well as cultural and historical. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, reflect on and understand
the power of emotions in our global(izing) world, tying together the body, culture, history, individual, society, and global politics.
Format: Discussion
Lecturers: Rukmini Barua, Stephanie Lämmert, Esra Sarıoğlu, Frederik Schröer
Research Center: History of Emotions
7.30 – 8.15 pm / Library, 1st floor

Brightening the dark side: What can cartoons teach us about AI ethics?

Managing Director Iyad Rahwan helps fight artificial intelligence anxiety with cartoons. Hear about his funny cartoons that stimulate the debate over the impact of information technology and AI on society. Are his cartoons of driverless cars, robot bullies, and athlete bots forewarnings or are these alarming scenarios already taking place under our noses? Iyad Rahwan also runs the blog Evil AI Cartoons, where he publishes his self-drawn cartoons about AI together with contextual discussion. An exhibition of Evil AI Cartoons also takes place throughout the event.
Format: Talk
Lecturer: Iyad Rahwan, Managing Director
Research Center: Humans and Machines
8.15 – 8.45 pm / Conference room, ground floor

How to recognize false and misleading information

Social media are swarming with conspiracy theories and misinformation. But how do we manage to separate false information from facts? Behavioral scientists have studied how internet users can be empowered to make informed and autonomous decisions. Find out about different strategies that can protect you from being manipulated.
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Center: Adaptive Rationality
Ground floor / Duration: 10-15 minutes

Evil AI Cartoons – Exhibition

Funny drawings about serious questions: what might happen when humans rely more and more on clever machines? The Evil AI Cartoons are Iyad Rahwan’s artistic expression of the current and potential societal impacts of artificial intelligence. By better understanding the risks of AI, we can reduce our anxiety about the technology and embrace all the benefits it offers to humanity. English
with German explanations.
Format: Exhibition
Research Center: Humans and Machines
Ground floor / Duration: 5 – 15 minutes / English with German explanations

What is artificial intelligence?

For a quick introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), watch a brief explainer video showing that AI exists all around you! With German subtitles.
Format: Film
Research Center: Humans and Machines
Ground floor / Duration: 2 minutes / English with German subtitles

Passenger or pedestrian? The moral dilemma of self-driving cars

The widespread use of self-driving cars is already around the corner, and once machines take over the roads, they will have to make life-and-death decisions without any human intervention. Even if possibly fatal decisions are rare, the machines will have a moral code to determine whom to save in the event of a brake failure – the passenger or the pedestrian? Since its launch in 2015, the Moral Machine has crowdsourced over 80 million ethical decisions globally and has promoted public discussion about the moral values expected of self-driving cars. How would you decide?
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Center: Humans and Machines
Ground floor / Duration: 5 – 10 minutes / in German and English

Cooperation or confrontation? Game of Faces

Can you predict someone’s decision by looking at a picture of their face? In the Game of Faces (GoF), you try to win by correctly predicting whether different people will work with or against you. Your only clue is a picture of their face. GoF was created solely for scientific research purposes. Become part of the experiment!
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Center: Humans and Machines

Ground floor / Duration: 5 – 10 minutes / English with German explanations

Join the NFT hype – become a digital art dealer!

Trading digital art in the form of “Non-Fungible-Tokens” (NFTs) has exploded in popularity, generating billions of dollars in trading volume. How good are you at predicting how much an NFT will sell for? How accurately can artificial intelligence (AI) predict the sale price? How well do you work in tandem with the AI? Find out and beat the market!
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Center: Humans and Machines
1st floor / Duration: 5 – 15 minutes

Do we get smarter while we sleep? Interesting facts from sleep research

While we sleep, our brain processes everything we have experienced and learned during the day. But what actually happens during sleep? Young and old can test their knowledge about sleep in a playful way, gain insights into how we measure sleep in children and adults using electroencephalography (EEG) and experience how we test whether sleep really does make us smarter. And, of course, there are tips for healthy sleep. Good night!
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Centers: Center for Lifespan Psychology & MPRG NeuroCode | Neural and Computational Basis of Learning, Decision Making and Memory

1st floor / Duration: 10-15 minutes / in German and English 

Build your own zoo! – An AR/VR game

Collect as many eggs as possible, in which various animals are hiding. Hatch them and populate your own zoo! You can play the game on different devices: on a tablet, with an augmented reality headset, or with a virtual reality headset. This game helps us explore the potential of such digital applications for learning research. For children age 4 to 12. Adults are also welcome to join in the fun.
Format: Hands-on experiment
Research Group: MPRG iSearch | Information Search, Ecological and Active Learning Research with Children

1st floor / Duration: 15 – 20 minutes / in German and English 
Zur Redakteursansicht