Thinking needs time. But thinking also needs – not only in a metaphorical sense – space. At the latest when interdisciplinary views are discussed, the space for thinking pluralises: Thinking spaces express the necessity for an "in-between" between disciplines whose limitations are not fixed for once and for all.
Starting in 2018, the more experimental and informal workshop series DenkRäume is meant to provide creative spaces apart from the usual academic “ business” in-between and make them accessible in a phenomenal way: in comfortable, thought-provoking places, with bread and wine (or even more). For places can be either detrimental or beneficial to thinking in order to create new possibilities of the real and in the real.
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.