Workshop / Overview

Is our world becoming too complex for humans to understand - and govern? In our experimental event, "Reatching into the Rabbit Hole", we briefly explore the current state of AI before travelling to Switzerland in the year 2068 - where politicians have been replaced by algorithms. Is it a modern utopia due to truly fact-based policy-making or rather the end of free choice and self-determination? We discuss various scenarios, collect old and new ideas and develop solutions for potential challenges of the future and real problems of the present.

"Reatching into the Rabbit Hole" (RRH) uses (i) solid scientific knowledge to develop (ii) lofty ideas about tomorrow—in order to (iii) gain insights for today. Each journey through the rabbit hole explores a thought-provoking scenario by creatively extrapolating the impact of science and technology on our lives. RRH aids science communication because it complements the intellectual aspect with emotional and discursive interaction.

Workshop / Outcome

Workshop / Difficulty

Beginner level

Workshop / Prerequisites

  • Participants from any field who are open to actively and creatively develop ideas in teams are welcome.
  • Want to get into the mood? Then read "Helvetia knows best" - a short story describing one of many scenarios how Switzerland with algorithmic politicians could look like.

Track / Co-organizers

Servan Grüninger

President, reatch

Valeria Eckhardt

PhD Student, University of Zurich - Co-head, Reatching into the Rabbit Hole

Matthias Groebner

Master's student, ETH Zurich and Co-head Reatching into the Rabbit Hole

AMLD EPFL 2018 / Workshops

TensorFlow Basics 2018 – Sunday

With Bartek Wołowiec, Ruslan Habalov & Andreas Steiner

09:00-12:00 January 281BC

TensorFlow Basics 2018 – Saturday

With Bartek Wołowiec, Ruslan Habalov & Andreas Steiner

09:00-12:00 January 274ABC

Financial Predictions with Machine Learning

With Stefano Tempesta

13:30-16:30 January 275BC

AMLD / Global partners