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What is the historical role of technology in shaping society? This is the question that the Technology in Society conference on 13 November 2022 will seek to answer. The keynote speaker will be Iain Standen, CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust, where Alan Turing and colleagues deciphered the Nazi Enigma during the Second World War. The event is organised by CCHAOS, a new research group established at the Faculty of Information Technology at the Czech Technical University in Prague (FIT CTU), whose main research focus is the study of the complexity of social behaviour and the impact of technology on human behaviour.

The conference will take place at the FIT CTU and will present aspects of civilization that have influenced and shaped human society since the beginning - from medicine to finance to exciting technologies dealing with artificial intelligence or blockchain. All this with academic colleagues and industry partners of CTU FIT. The conference focuses on the diversity of innovation through human history and aims to show how progress shapes the world around us. The conference will feature a keynote address by Iain Standen, lectures by world experts, an Oxford debate on "Is there an objective morality?" followed by the launch of hackathon. There will also be presentations from the new CCHAOS research group and exhibitors from the innovation and science sector.

The world around us is complicated - crises, wars, the schizophrenia of society's identity. We are far from being the first wave of humanity to address the issue of social complexity. But we are the first wave of humanity to have state-of-the-art technology that allows us to understand why we behave the way we do. The CCHAOS research group aims to understand the complexity of social behaviour in different sectors of human activity. The CCHAOS group seeks to understand social structure, the role of the individual in society, and to unravel the ethics of behaviour and the development of our communities, all with the help of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

"FIT CTU concentrates on rigorous research in computer science, but it is also a faculty that is passionate about popularizing science for the general public, emphasizing the applicability of research to everyday life and industry, and an interdisciplinary approach to science," says Sara Polak, co-founder of the CCHAOS research group, anthropologist and artificial intelligence archaeologist, adding: "The formation of the CCHAOS group is a testament to the progressiveness of this faculty as well as its dedication to educating the public about technology and creating a community around the subjects taught at the college."

More info on conference:

Ian Standen - keynote speaker

CCHAOS Research Group




Contact person: 
Ivana Macnarová