Gisma Welcomes KAS Delegation for Discussion on AI and Media

On Wednesday, 15th May, Gisma University of Applied Sciences was delighted to host a delegation of six guests from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) as part of their media dialogue programme with China. The delegation, comprised of journalists and other distinguished members, visited Gisma’s Potsdam campus to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and, more specifically, journalism.

Touring Innovation: A Glimpse into Gisma’s Learning Environment

Upon arrival, the guests were warmly welcomed by Professor Katja Lehmann, Professor Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi, and Emile Kianan. The visit began with a tour showcasing Gisma’s state-of-the-art flagship campus, highlighting the modern learning infrastructure that underpins Gisma’s unique hyflex teaching approach.

Delving into AI and Media: A Collaborative Discussion

Following the tour, a stimulating discussion ensued, centred around the theme of “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Media.” The KAS delegation expressed keen interest in Gisma’s research endeavours in the field of AI, particularly with regard to its potential applications in journalism.

Questions from the delegation focused on how AI is set to transform the journalistic landscape and the ethical considerations journalists should be mindful of in the age of AI. Professor Mahdavi provided insightful commentary, emphasising that AI has already begun automating many routine tasks performed by journalists, such as fact-checking and claim detection within news articles. He reassured the delegation that these advancements should be viewed as tools to enhance work efficiency and effectiveness, not as a threat to journalistic jobs.

Professor Mahdavi further stressed the importance of a collaborative approach, encompassing both technical and political efforts, to address the ethical concerns surrounding AI, including data protection violations, copyright issues, and potential biases within AI systems.

Looking Forward: Building Bridges of Knowledge

Gisma views this visit as a springboard for fostering closer collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and other organisations within the political sphere. This collaborative spirit aims to facilitate the dissemination of scientific research and spark critical discussions on topics that hold significant implications for both society and the global economy.

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