Vienna Gödel Lectures
Named after the famous mathematician and introduced in 2013, our Vienna Gödel Lectures bring world-class scientists to Vienna.
The lecture series illustrates the fundamental and disruptive contribution of computer science to our information society. It investigates how our discipline explains and shapes the world we live in—and thereby our lives as such. Since Donald E. Knuth (Stanford), one of the most influential computer scientists, gave the series’s inaugural lecture in 2013, we invited some of the most distinguished scientists to give the annual lecture.
“Machines Behaving Badly”
Toby Walsh tells us about the future of AI and why we should reconsider existing approaches to technology development.
“Technology is Driving the Future, But Who Is Steering?”
Moshe Vardi explains why the ethical lens is too narrow for dealing with technology’s impact on society.
“Artificial Intelligence: Fact, Fiction, and Forecast”
Oren Etzioni pleads for separating science from science fiction and an ethically informed approach to the risks and chances of AI.
“On the Way to Artificial Consciousness”
Turing Award winner Manuel Blum asks whether machines can develop consciousness, and why that needn't frighten us.
“Bias in the Web”
Ricardo Baeza-Yates explains the many types and mechanisms of inclination and how to break the “vicious circle of bias.
Jeannette Wing explains why every child should learn to think computationally, and why this ability benefits society.
“How Computers Learn”
Peter Norvig demonstrates how machines can independently learn to perform complex tasks or develop sophisticated game strategies.
“Origami Folding – The Elegance of Algorithms”
Erik Demaine’s fascinating Origami folding techniques follow complex algorithms that can be used in robotics and even in astronautics.