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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Will Technology Destroy Us or Save Us?

Panel discussion / Czech language only

 

Why is it easier for us to imagine the end of the world than a different way of doing things? Why do we refuse to bid farewell to the vision of constant growth when we can see its unsustainability with our own eyes? Can new technologies save us from the worsening environmental crisis? Or is techno-optimism out of place in this situation and are we instead at risk of technocratic alienation?

In cooperation with Salon Právo.

 

Guests 

Naďa Johanisová 

Johanisová studied biology at Charles University, but soon changed her focus to the economic context of the environmental crisis, the criticism of mainstream economics, the theory of degrowth, and economic alternatives in theory and practice. She is the author of the books Economist Dissidents and Ecological Economics. She works in in Brno at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. She worked long-term with the magazine Sedmá generace (Seventh Generation).

 

Daniel Prokop 

Sociologist focusing in particular on social inequality, poverty, and the transformations in public opinion. He is an expert in quantitative methods and introduced a number of innovations to Czech election surveys. He works at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. For a series of analytical articles about Czech society entitled An Introduction to Practical Sociology published in Salon Právo, he received the 2016 Journalists’ Award.

 

Jan Romportl 

Studied cybernetics and artificial intelligence at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and the philosophy of science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the same university, where he later worked as a researcher and educator. Since 2015, he has been building an analytical team intensively focused on the use and development of advanced machine learning in the field of telecommunication data. He also focuses on researching the safety of AI.

 

Moderator 

Zbyněk Vlasák 

Vlasák studied journalism and media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, where he teaches today. Since 2009 he has been the editor-in-chief of Salon, the literary and cultural supplement to the daily Právo. He edited the anthologies Milionový časy, Povídky Pro Adru and Divočina. He has long worked with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and is a member of the Association of Czech Film Critics.

 

Czech Language Only

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