FRAMERS – Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

22. April 2021 18:00

Prof. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Cognitive framing is the essential tool that will enable humanity to find the best way through a forest of looming problems. To frame is to make a mental model that enables us to see patterns, predict how things will unfold, and make sense of new situations. Frames guide the decisions we make and the results we attain. People have long focused on traits like memory and reasoning leaving framing all but ignored. But with computers becoming better at some of those cognitive tasks, framing stands out as a critical function—and only humans can do it. This talk will not only explain framing, but also how we each individually and as societies can become better framers – and thus better decision makers.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has published over a dozen books, including the international bestseller “Big Data” (with Kenneth Cukier) and the awards-winning “Delete”. Prof. Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He is a member of Angela Merkel’s Digital Council.

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