Topics are always approached from multiple perspectives. Quite often, topics are controversial. The experimental “DenkRäume” format was developed in 2018 to offer space for such disputes in a concentrated and relaxed atmosphere. To achieve this, we always look for physical spaces beyond the typical university seminar room.
Thus, “DenkRäume” provide a space for questioning reflection and scientific creativity that has become rare in the academic world. Because thinking not only takes time. Thinking also needs space – and not just in a metaphorical sense.
Denk-Räume indicate the need for an “ in-between” between the disciplines, whereby their boundaries are not fixed once and for all.
The increasing optimisation and networking of systems leads to more and more mutual dependencies between different devices and actors. Safety-critical infrastructures represent a special challenge, because basic needs such as nutrition, health care or mobility cannot be satisfied without them.
Many technologies can be used for both civil and military purposes – and this does not disqualify them automatically. Many technologies can be used for peaceful and violent purposes – and this is even more alarming. A third aspect has recently been added: Many technologies secure basic needs, but increase “ safety-critical” also the insecurity and vulnerability of societies.
Digitalisation makes everything "smarter": from the "smart home" and self-driving vehicles to the "digital city". But with every use of these new technological possibilities, we become more visible. And thus more controllable.