Technology and its consequences
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Never has technology shaped our society more than in present days. The disruptive innovations (leap innovations) that occur are significantly involved in this development. The term “disruptive innovation” describes successful leaps in the development of technology. The characteristic of disruption results from the use of new findings from basic research, which allow technical solutions to be thought of in a completely new way or even completely new technology to be developed. One example of such a disruptive innovation is the internet, which enables us to access knowledge anywhere in the world through the use of smartphones and other devices. These technologies can topple dictators (Arab Spring), but they can also create the ’transperent human’.
Such unpredictable leap innovations no longer seem to be the exception – but rather seem to be occurring more frequently in recent times. Two different development paths can be identified: the leap innovation arises from new research findings or it arises from a need situation, justified by the disadvantages of existing technologies in the search for a new solution using new scientific findings. In spite of the great diversity of various leap innovations, a common feature emerges: each of these leap innovations is based on new findings from research and in many ways, this research always began at universities.
It is the objective of this lecture to think about this cosmos of research, development and innovation together with its growing consequences for mankind. On the basis of selected examples of significant leap innovations, the path from the underlying research efforts to the technological developments required for realization to application and the associated changes in our living conditions will be considered in an interdisciplinary manner. The following guiding questions will be discussed:
- What does this leap innovation mean for the users (individually / collectively)?
- What contribution does the underlying research make to society and what image of society is guiding the research?
- What efforts in development and production are required to turn the idea of a leap innovation into reality?
- What are the expected side effects of the leap innovation and are these predictable at all?
- If this leap innovation becomes real, what “next society” will it produce?
Each of the leap innovations considered in each case will be addressed in a lecture from two perspectives: The efforts in research and development will be examined in more detail to get an impression of the feasibility and the associated time horizon. Furthermore, the expected effects on individuals, society and the environment will be analyzed and discussed. The series of events consists of four thematic blocks and is supplemented by an introductory event, a 2nd introductory event, in which the example of the generation of electrical energy is used to illustrate the innovation process over a longer period and a final lecture. The introductory event serves to introduce the series and assigns work packages to the student participants for the development of questions and for the documentation of the lecture.
Students should learn from this course to assess leap innovations and to be able to derive conceivable consequences from them.
Information material on the covered leap innovations (lectures 3-6) is made available in the corresponding learning space. This takes the form of on-demand lectures, popular science publications and podcasts. Furthermore, material on the respective researchers and their personalities will be made available. This is intended to give each participant the opportunity to obtain comprehensive information about the respective leap innovation in advance.
The 90-minute sessions will thus be used exclusively for two short presentations in which the perspectives for technical feasibility and the foreseeable social consequences will be presented (2 x 15 minutes). The remaining time is used for a moderated and prepared discussion (questionnaire) with students.
04.11.2021 at 18:30
with Prof. Schmachtenberg, Prof. Böschen and Prof. Kerner
18.11.2021 at 18:30
Innovation cycles in the generation of electrical energy and their social reception
Univ.-Prof. De Doncker, Institute Director of the Chair and Institute for Converter Technology and Electrical Drives and Univ.-Prof. Elke Seefried, Head of the Chair for Modern History (19th-21st century) with their knowledge and technology cultures
02.12.2021 at 18:30
The universal energy store
Univ.-Prof. Stefan Pischinger, Head of the Chair of Internal Combustion Engines and Niklas von der Aßen, Professor as Junior Professor Sustainable Life Cycles in Energy at the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics
16.12.2021 at 18:30
The neuromorphic computer
Univ.-Prof. Christian Lemme, Head of the Chair of Electronic Devices and Univ.-Prof. Saskia Nagel, Head of the Chair of Applied Ethics
13.01.2022 at 18:30
Remote Controlling of Biological Systems
Univ.-Prof. Andreas Herrmann, Chair of the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry and Univ.-Prof. Stefan Böschen Head of the Chair of Technology and Society
27.01.2022 at 18:30
Artificial organs from endogenous cells
Univ.-Prof. Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Head of the Institute for Applied Medical Technology and Univ.-Prof. Dominik Groß, Head of the Chair for History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine
03.02.2022 at 18:30
Final event, presentations and discussion of the students
Univ.-Prof. Ernst Schmachtenberg together with Univ.-Prof. Böschen and Univ.-Prof. Kerner will conclude the course and work on final discussions of the topic
Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.
Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Questionnaire with analysis (2 CP, not graded)
Essay 15-20 pages (4 CP)