Social association president Bentele meets Internet researcher Staab

November 29, 2021 / sä

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In the Klaus Tschira Foundation podcast, well-known scientists meet celebrities from politics, business, culture and sports.

In the current episode, social association president and former top athlete Verena Bentele meets Internet researcher and web visionary Steffen Staab. They talk about the digital world - and how we can make it fairer. What both guests have in common is that they want technology to connect people, not exclude them. That's why both are working in very different worlds to make the web more accessible. Can artificial intelligence help? And if so, how? The VdK president and the Internet researcher also discuss how emoji images sound to people with visual impairments, why people should work with algorithms, and why even the best proposal doesn't immediately win a gold medal in the political debate.

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Verena Bentele is president of VdK Germany, the country's largest social association with more than 2 million members, and is committed to greater social justice. She was one of Germany's most successful top athletes, winning twelve Paralympic gold medals and four world championship titles as a biathlete and cross-country skier. Her current book, "Wir denken neu: Damit sich Deutschland nicht weiter spalten," outlines a necessary reform agenda for more social justice.

Steffen Staab is a professor of computer science at the University of Stuttgart, specializing in data analysis. Currently, the web visionary is driving the foundation of a new Institute for Artificial Intelligence and is a member of the Cyber Valley Initiative, the largest research association in the field of artificial intelligence in Europe. He is also PI in the Stuttgart Cluster of Excellence "Data-integrated Simulation Science" at the University of Stuttgart. He is committed to the further development of the Internet - away from the dominance of tech giants and toward more inclusive structures.

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